So, we had the festive Open House celebration of the new breast cancer resource center “The Pink Ribbon Place” last week. Over 100 people showed up, toured the facility, chatted, admired the newly decorated office, and applauded and cheered wildly as the pink ribbon was cut. Oh, and speaking of “newly decorated”–Chris donated his furniture (couch, loveseat, coffee table, dining room table and chairs and a few other items) to the center and all he asked was that if I ever kick him out of the house he wants privileges to sleep on the couch at the center. They agreed. He’s had the furniture in storage since he moved in 3 years ago. I’m thinking he’ll enjoy saving the $80 a month for the storage unit. (And…there’s no way I’m kicking him out, so ladies you can stop lining up!)
Anyway, in the first photo that’s me holding one end of the ribbon; two people to the right of me is T.C. Bond, another Advisory committee member and then City Councilman Mike Gardner (whose wife is a breast cancer survivor), Rosa Olaiz, the director of The Pink Ribbon Place, and City Councilman Andy Melendrez. Mayor Ron Loveridge had stopped by earlier as well. The next photo is Chris being “pinked.” Quite a nice event to launch a much needed resource center.
This Monday night (November 9th) we’ll be presenting our first “professionals panel” which will feature 5 physicians who treat breast cancer patients–including the good and great (and also cute) Dr. Amer Karam (yep, trekking all the way in from Los Angeles for us again!) and my radiation oncologist Dr. Janet Hocko as well. We’ll also have Dr. Ben Childers (plastic surgeon/ breast reconstruction specialist), Dr. Jean Sprengel (anesthesiologist and author of “Chemo Companion”) and Dr. Candace Ruby (oncologist). They will each be talking about their role in the care of a breast cancer patient, what the patient can expect, what’s new in treatment, as well as giving helpful tip and answering questions from our audience. The event will be held at the Riverside Police Department Community room.We’re expecting around 50 breast cancer patients and family members. How quickly, efficiently and fantastically the advisory committee was able to put this together has been truly amazing. And it’s heartwarming to know these physicians were all willing to donate their time and energy. (If you’re local and you want more details, please feel free to email me. We’d love to have you.)
Oh, and speaking of donating time and energy….. This photo is of Mike Easley of Vital Excess designs. He designed The Pink Ribbon Place logo, made the brochures, got 100 t-shirts made, business cards, bookmarks, and giant photo portraits for the walls of the center (he’s the one who took my new post-chemo glamor shot!) all in a very, very short time period so it could all be available for the open house. Then he showed up and photographed that too!
Don’t you just love it when awesomeness occurs?