Fundraiser Strives to Raise Record-Breaking Funds in the Fight Against Triple Negative Breast Cancer
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — Laini Fluellen Charities (LFC) in partnership with Ameristar Casino and St. Catherine Hospital will host the 9th annual “Pink Tie Affair” on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Ameristar Casino Ballroom. This year, Dr. Jacqueline Walters, from Married to Medicine will provide key insights to surviving cancer and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
A board-certified OB-GYN, and a two-time cancer survivor, “Dr. Jackie” knows first-hand how important it is to stay diligent in the fight and support the work of organizations, such as Laini Fluellen Charities. “I’m really excited about the efforts of LFC and seeing all of the great work that they are doing. It really makes a difference,” shares Dr. Jacqueline Walters. Dr. Jackie is the author of Perfect Imperfections, which showcases the survivors, caregivers and best friends in a pictorial tribute to resilience.
In addition to raising much-needed funds, “The Pink Tie Affair” also acknowledges medical professionals and advocates that are striving to eradicate the disease support and those that are impacted on a daily basis. This year’s honorees are Donna Thompson, CEO Access Community Health Service and Dr. Gawri Ramadas, Oncologist, Community Health System.
“As the primary fundraiser that supports our initiatives, it is also a way to engage the local NWI and Chicagoland communities and get them involved, shares Diane Artis, chairperson of the board of Laini Fluellen Charities. “We are very appreciative of the continued partnership with Ameristar Cares and St. Catherine Hospital. Because of their support, we are able to dedicate 100% of the ticket sales to our programming.”
The evening will feature live music, dinner, dancing and both live and silent auctions items of all levels.
TNBC is an aggressive form of breast cancer that affects young women. It has fewer treatment options and results in lower survival rates. LFC is dedicated to helping fund the research of treatments and has consistently donated proceeds from the Pink Tie Affair to University of Chicago Hospital.
Gala tickets are $100, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the event will fund TNBC research and awareness campaigns. TNBC is an aggressive form of breast cancer that is more prevalent among African American and Latina women. Unfortunately, it has fewer treatment options and results in lower survival rates. Women are counseled to get mammograms annually after the age of 40 however, many patients diagnosed with Triple Negative are falling much younger, like the charity’s namesake, Laini Fluellen, who led a three-year battle with the disease.
LFC is dedicated to helping fund the research of treatments and is aligned with the Community Cancer Research Foundation to support their research endeavors.
Funds also support the development and distribution of a special project called Beth’s Bags. Beth’s Bag was inspired by Beth Brantley Paschal who collected items to support and comfort her friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer; and gave the items to her in a decorated gift bag. Later the same year Beth was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer but lost her battle with this disease. The “Beth’s Bag” Project honors her compassion for others by lifting the spirits of women going through the cancer
treatment process and reminds them they are not alone. Recently diagnosed patients in the Community Hospital system receive Beth’s Bags compliments of LFC.
Other efforts include funding for a mammogram subsidy program that is facilitated by St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, IN.
“As a committed leader in the healthcare industry, St. Catherine Hospital is a staunch advocate in the fight against breast cancer and we are pleased to partner with LFC to provide much-needed resources to those right here in our community,” shares Leo Correa, CEO, St. Catherine Hospital.
For more information on the work that LFC is doing or to purchase tickets, please visit lainifluellencharities.org
LFC is committed to informing the public that not all breast cancers are alike. Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) is one of the most aggressive forms of the disease and disproportionately affects young women – especially African-American and Hispanic women. For most forms of breast cancer, the number of treatment options and rate of survival have increased steadily over the past 30 years.
However, treatment options for TNBC are limited and the survival rate, even with early detection, is relatively low at 77 percent. Women are counseled to get mammograms annually after the age of 40 however, many patients diagnosed with Triple Negative are falling much younger, like the charities namesake, Laini Fluellen, who led a three-year battle with the disease.