Area residents will have more access to cancer screening and information thanks to a generous contribution from Buchheit of Herculaneum to Mercy Health Foundation. Hundreds of customers and Team Members raised $5,074.90 by purchasing donation cards, pink T-shirts and pink tote bags during the month of October.
Herculaneum was the top fund-raiser among eight Buchheit stores throughout the region, and associates Haley LaFloure and Sandy Ferguson were the most successful individual fund-raisers collecting $1,177 and $1,170 respectively, said store manager Dave Thompson.
A check was presented on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to Mercy Health Foundation board chairman Bill McKenna, development director Andy Held, and Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology – Jefferson medical director Bhaskara Gadi, MD.
“We see many patients every day who put off their screenings or seeing their doctor because they are worried about the cost,” Dr. Gadi said. “Early detection saves lives. This contribution will allow more people to get the tests they need in a timely manner and ultimately reduce the pain of cancer.”
The Buchheit family has witnessed many of its members “fight the beast,” a phrase used by Buchheit CEO Tim Buchheit. In support of friends, family and fighters, Buchheit will donate a total of $17,948.27 to local organizations, which provide services to cancer patients.
It is important to the Buchheit family that they give back to the communities which have and continue to support them, he said.
“I just want to say thank you on behalf of Mercy and especially the patients who will benefit from this generous donation from our Buchheit store and your customers,” said Bill McKenna, Mercy Health Foundation Board Chairman. “We all know someone who is bravely fighting cancer. Thanks to you and your employees, they know they have the support of our community.”
Along with the special promotions, “pink” was the color found in the sales circular, the straw bales, the pumpkins and other decorations around the store. Buchheit wants to thank everyone who visited the local Buchheit of Herculaneum store and helped our neighbors “fight the beast” and raise funds for the Mercy Health Foundation during the month of October.
Buchheit Retail has been serving the community since 1934. Currently Buchheit Retail operates 8 stores – Herculaneum, House Springs, Perryville and Jackson in Missouri and Jacksonville, Greenville, Centralia and Sparta in Illinois. Buchheit features merchandise for the home, garden and farm that is geared toward exploring the possibilities of a simpler life.