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Letters to the Editor

$100,000 in 12 years!

Dear Editor,

$100,000 in 12 years!

Without a doubt, the numbers tell a story about “The BREAST Yard Sale in Town.” It is an Ogle County event that people look forward to from all over the country and especially northern Illinois. 

Even though we did it – we met our goal and then some, we know the fight is not over. Too many times during the sale this year, I heard someone tell me they have cancer, they lost someone to cancer or are taking care of someone with cancer. Our goal is much bigger than the $100,000. Our goal is to wipe out the disease through prevention or treatment and a cure. 

As I listened to our survivor speaker tell her story at our Relay for Life, she confirmed that we are not in this alone. 

It takes “everyone” to make a difference TODAY because too many will never see tomorrow. 

We would like to thank everyone that supported this sale whether it was through volunteering, publicity, rummage, donations, purchases, or prayer.

Many ask, “How does the money get spent?” Here are some ways the money can be spent by the American Cancer Society. Some of you know from following the newspaper: $100,000 pays for one researcher grant in the state of Illinois.

Here are some other expenses that can be covered with $100,000:

The American Cancer Society Information Center toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, can be open 24/7 for an entire year PLUS:

60 nights of stay for cancer patients in Hope Lodges across the country, plus 134 wigs, plus 200 Reach to Recovery visits, plus 100 Look Good Feel Better sessions, plus 208 round-trip rides to treatment through Road to Recovery, plus 24,000 test tubes, plus 4,320 petri dishes, plus 1,300 sheets of x-ray film, plus 60 cases of latex gloves.

Pretty amazing! Thanks again for making 2014 a memorable year. We look forward to 2015.

With Hope, 

Karen and James Brown


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