Efforts tops $8,300 to be used for help local cancer patients

The Chillicothe Fire Department and the Hedrick Medical Center Nurses had outstanding support from the Chillicothe community during their “PINK OUT” and raised $8,386.52 through combined fund raising efforts and the selling of T-shirts. This sets a new all-time high for the event and would not be possible without the community support, according to Fire Chief Darrell Wright. Money raised will, again, be given back to the community. Central Elementary School’s Stitching for a Cause Student Leadership Committee, headed by Jana Shira, will receive $1,000 which will be used for the making of port buddies and knot blankets that the student group donates to cancer patients. The HMC Foundation will receive $4,386.52 to assist with different items such as fuel cards, massages, nutrition counseling/classes, expenses for the Look Good Feel Better classes, refreshments for patients and families, survivor candles and comfort crosses for families. The Hope Lodge will receive $3,000 to help with daily supplies that are needed to furnish patients and family members that need somewhere to stay while a loved one is going through treatments. The combined Pink Out effort has raised $30,442.54 since its first year in 2014 when the effort raised $7,038.56. In 2015, the amount was $7,917.46, and in 2016, $7,100. “We look forward to the wonderful things that will happen as we continue this event,” Wright said.