Women will have the unique opportunity to help breast cancer patients while pampering themselves at a free Girls’ Night Out event hosted by Sisterhood of Survivors this month.
From 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, women are invited to Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th Street, to shop from local businesses and vendors, bid on silent auction items and enter raffles for great prizes.
Proceeds will go to Sisterhood of Survivors, a local nonprofit education and support group that assists newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and their families. The group offers ongoing support to those affected by breast cancer through mentoring and educational resources.
“Our biggest thing is we deliver totes with all kinds of cancer information to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients,” said Sisterhood of Survivors fundraising chairwoman Laura Gardner. “The tote includes a calendar of what do expect during different parts of treatment, reference material, ‘Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book,’ and then personal goodies like a makeup bag, a hat, a journal and comfort items. It just helps to know that someone understands what they’re going through.”
Breast cancer survivors hand deliver the totes to newly diagnosed patients, Gardner said.
“Sometimes you don’t even know what questions you need to ask (your doctor) so it’s easier when you speak to someone who has already gone through it,” she said.
The nonprofit was founded in Fresno by two cancer patients who wanted to get more breast cancer information out to the community, Gardner said.
Since then the group has grown and continues to set up educational booths at local events and health fairs.
Sisterhood of Survivors meets at noon every third Saturday of the month in the back room of Denny’s on Shaw and Willow avenues.
For more information on S.O.S., visit www.sisterhoodofsurvivors.org or call 439-2183.