St. Joseph’s Mercy co-workers raise money for Our Promise

November 5, 2010

Susan Rima, director of Volunteer Services & co-chair for Relay

for Life team; Kathy Webber, Cancer Services coordinator;

Regina Foster, case manager for Mercy Cancer Center;

Center; Brenda Hawkes, executive director of Our Promise;

Jenny Ford, director of Patient Relations & co-chair for Relay

for Life team; and Bobby Brown, board chairman for Our Promise.

St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center co-workers made a $6,000 donation to the Our Promise foundation this week.

Co-workers raised the money for the donation through events associated with the St. Joseph’s Mercy Relay for Life team. Half of all money raised through events outside the relay event was donated to Our Promise. The other half was donated to the American Cancer Society, which also received money donated during relay event and through shirt sales.

“We want to make sure we raise money for cancer research, but we also want to make sure we have funds available for patients in Garland County and the surrounding areas,” said Jenny Ford, director of Patient Relations at St. Joseph’s Mercy, who is the co-chair for St. Joseph’s Mercy Relay for Life Team along with Susan Rima, director of Volunteer Services.

Our Promise provides aid and resources predominantly in the rural Southern Arkansas areas of Clark, Garland, Hot Spring, Montgomery and Polk counties. Support is provided in prescription assistance, resources, outreach, monetary assistance, involvement, support services and education.

“It’s a little overwhelming,” Hawkes said. “We’re just getting ourselves organized and trying to get our feet on the ground. This contribution is going to help quite a bit to get us going with our PR and logistics with our Web site.”

The check was presented this week to Hawkes and Our Promise board chairman Bobby Brown.

“We appreciate everyone who donated items and we’ll be asking for help again so that we can raise money for American Cancer Society and Our Promise again next year,” Rima said.

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