HURON — A local breast cancer awareness event has raised $1,845 to help support breast cancer awareness and detection.
This is the seventh year Huron’s Runnings store hosted a Ladies Night Out in October with breast cancer information, refreshments, door prizes and specials, with the funds contributed to Huron Regional Medical Center Foundation’s breast cancer awareness fund.
“Again this year, I am so pleased with the support of our community for this annual event,” said Shane Hood, store manager. “I’m also grateful for our employees who are very passionate about the event and raising funds for breast cancer awareness — they really work to make the evening fun for all involved.”
The event was coordinated by Laura Snowden of Runnings in Huron. Members of the Huron Regional Medical Center mammography team, Ann Van Winkle, RT(R) (M) (CT), and Torria Hennrich, RT(R)(M) RDMS RVT, were on hand to schedule mammograms and educate women about breast cancer prevention and detection.
Shoppers could purchase a pink bucket for $2, which allowed them to receive 15 percent off the items they could fit into the bucket, with $1 of each purchase being donated. This year, Runnings employees again went all out and donated a large variety of pink items to be raffled to customers. Throughout the month of October, Runnings customers could make a donation to post a pink ribbon sign in honor or memory of a loved one, adding to the total raised. The donation has been placed in the We’ve Got You Covered breast cancer fund in the HRMC Foundation.
“In total, $6,706 has been raised through this event at our Huron store and donated locally to help women who would not otherwise be able to afford a mammogram,” explained Hood. “Since 2011, Ladies’ Night events at Runnings stores in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, New York, New Hampshire and Montana have raised more than $75,000.
“HRMC’s We’ve Got You Covered program is made possible in large part due to Runnings and this Ladies’ Night Out event,” explained Paul Rann, HRMC Foundation Executive Director. “Thanks to Runnings, the HHS volleyball fundraiser and Prostrollo’s one-mile walk, HRMC has been able to educate hundreds of women on the importance of early detection and more than 20 women have received no-cost mammograms through the We’ve Got You Covered Program.”
Area women concerned about finances when scheduling a mammogram are invited to call 605-353-6214 or apply online at www.huronregional.org/mammos.
All inquiries are kept confidential.
Runnings’ Ladies Night Out event in October raised $1,845 for Huron Regional Medical Center Foundation’s breast cancer awareness fund. Holding the check, are from left, Shane Hood, Runnings store manager; Paul Rann, HRMC Foundation executive director; and Runnings cashier Darlene Brand. Brand was instrumental in helping to grow this year’s fundraising total by more than $600 over the total raised in 2016.