Breast Fest, an annual music festival held to benefit local people being treated for breast cancer at Winona Health, raised $10,000 to be distributed through the Winona Health Foundation.
The organizers started the event in 2013 with the intent to do something to help local people who may need assistance paying for miscellaneous expenses that come along with dealing with a serious illness. They simply wanted to make life a little easier for people in our community who are dealing with breast cancer and show them that more people than they know care about them.
Sandy Gruszynski, cancer care coordinator at Winona Health, said, “This gift from the Breast Fest organizers makes a big difference to individuals and families dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. What’s especially touching is that it’s from community members, for community members, and it’s another example of what makes Winona a wonderful community.”
Reflecting on the Breast Fest committee’s experience so far, committee member Cyndi Spalding, said, “I think all of us were surprised by how many people were willing to give and to get involved. It makes us all want to do even more.”
The organizers requested that the money help as many people as possible with expenses such as transportation to clinic visits and costs related to having a serious illness but that are not covered by insurance.
Breast Fest funds are administered through the Winona Health Foundation and can help with expenses such as:
- Transportation to appointments
- Wigs and other head apparel
- Groceries for special dietary needs
- Mastectomy Bra & Prosthesis
- Gift cards including massage and spa
For more information, contact Sandy Gruszynski, RN, in Winona Health’s Cancer Care Clinic, 507.494.7378. Breast Fest 2017 will be Saturday October 7, at The Black Horse in Winona. For more information about Breast Fest, call 507.458.8589.
To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation and ways to give, visit www.winonahealthfoundation.org or call Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement, 507.457.4116.