Mercy Health Foundation has teamed up with the Independence High School volleyball squads to host “Dig Pink” night for cancer awareness during the junior varsity and varsity home matches on Sept. 16, beginning at 5 p.m.
Volleyball team members and coaches, including the freshman team, which plays out of town that evening, will be outfitted in pink cancer awareness T-shirts. Both pink and gray T-shirts featuring the “Dig Pink” logo also for sale to the public, and pre-orders are being accepted through Thursday, Aug. 28.
The event is designed to raise awareness related to all types of cancer, and proceeds from the T-shirt sales will benefit the Mercy Cancer Center. The Mercy Foundation’s cancer fund supports current patients of the center who have special needs for financial assistance, and the fund also provides for special “wishes” for patients with challenging prognoses.
The Mercy Foundation is directed by a board of volunteer community members who work to generate philanthropy and awareness to support patient needs at Mercy Hospital. Members include Anne Bertie, president; Gayle Holum, vice president; Margaret Hoffmeister, secretary; Sam Blackard, treasurer; Dr. Fay Bradley, Beth Chaney, Vanessa Dennis, Mark Ferrell, Rick Mott, Dan Reynolds, Lori Wesselowski, Tim White and Kathy Woods. Dave Steinmann, president of Mercy Hospital Independence, also serves on the board.
In recent years, the foundation raised in excess of $100,000 to support the complete renovation of the Mercy Cancer Center, including a remodel of the space, purchase of patient treatment chairs, privacy curtains, individual televisions and other furnishings, as well as a remodel of the center’s waiting area.
The Mercy Cancer Center is a satellite clinic of Cancer Center of Kansas, based in Wichita, and offers daily chemotherapy treatments and injections and weekly oncologists’ visits. The center averages five new patients each week, and currently provides 20-40 weekly injections and treatments.
More information on the Mercy Health Foundation, cancer center and the “Dig Pink” event, including T-shirt orders, is available by calling the foundation office at 620-332-3248.