For the first time ever, the Tamale Fiesta Board is designating one of its official event t-shirts as a fundraising effort to benefit a local organization. A portion of sales from their “Never Give Up” t-shirt in honor of cancer patients and survivors will go to Pink Sisters, a new Sabine Parish non-profit that provides support, encouragement and help items to local breast cancer patients undergoing treatment.
“It’s something that’s been on my mind a long time,” Board Committee Member Cindy Ezernack shared. “For the last few years, it’s been a dream to raise funds for a great local cause with sales from one of our Fiesta t-shirts,” she said. The Tamale Board voted to donate a portion of this year’s Cancer Ribbon shirt to the Pink Sisters of Sabine.
The Zwolle Tamale Fiesta has invited cancer patients and survivors to be their Parade Grand Marshals this year, so reaching out to Pink Sisters of Sabine was a natural tie-in to this year’s event.
“We are thrilled to receive a portion of the amount raised from the sale of these beautiful t-shirts,” Laurie Gentry, one of thePink Sisters founders, announced. “I hope every cancer patient, survivor and supporter of those who have faced cancer will get a shirt to celebrate the brave journey of every patient,” she said.
“Pink Sisters” is a term chosen to describe anyone who has had breast cancer – patients and survivors. Their friends and family are invited to take part in the group as well. The group’s mission is to “…encourage and support women living with breast cancer.”
The organization was founded primarily by Betsy Godfrey, who now serves as President. Other Board Members are Ginger Jordan, Vice-Pres.; Nancy Spiller, Sec.; and Laurie Morrow,Treas.; along with Gentry, who handles Public Relations. All have had breast cancer and wish to enthusiastically support others in the community who face the same experience.
Pink Sisters of Sabine provides encouragement, support and Pink Gifts Need Bags, large totes filled with helpful items forlocal breast cancer patients undergoing treatment. The items include a small blanket, neck pillow, seat belt pillow, liddeddrink cup with straw, sanitizers, a journal, complimentary salon shampoo/style, chemo cap, socks and more. Bags are custom-filled with items of particular use to the patient depending on the method of treatment. When needed, larger items are also provided, such as a wedge pillow, camisole with drain holder pockets, shower supplies or other treatment-specific items.
Another important part of the Pink Sisters vision is to match newly-diagnosed patients with a survivor mentor, who will support and encourage the new patient through the unfamiliar territory of breast cancer treatment.
When Godfrey received word that Pink Sisters was being considered as a recipient of a portion of sales from the “Never Give Up” Tamale Fiesta t-shirt, she and the Pink Sisters board were ecstatic.
“It is so thoughtful and appreciated!” Godfrey shared. “The Board and I are excited about the extra help Pink Sisters will be able to offer local breast cancer patient because of the Tamale Fiesta’s generosity,” she said.
The colorful “Never Give Up” cancer ribbon t-shirts are available at Sabine State Bank in Zwolle. Youth sizes are $15; Adult S-XL run $20; and 2XL-4XL are $25. Supplies of this particular shirt are limited, so interested persons are encouraged to act fast.
For more event information, visit www.ZwolleTamaleFiesta.com.
More information about Pink Sisters of Sabine is available on their Facebook page, or call Pres. Betsy Godfrey at (318) 471-5475.
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