Monday, December 6, 2021

Bosom Buddies links to life luncheon

Black Crystal/Silver.

Black Crystal/Silver.

By Marilyn Honahan

Breast Cancer and Lymphedema should be matters of concern for all women and the people who love them. The lifetime risk of developing Breast Cancer is one in eight.

Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support, Inc. (BBBCSI) is a 501(c) (3) Charity which raises funds for the diagnosis and treatment of Breast Cancer for residents of Collier County and Bonita Springs. In addition the group offers emotional and educational support for women with Breast Cancer and/or Lymphedema. BBBCSI is run solely by volunteers, all of whom are Breast Cancer Survivors. They have no paid employees or professional fund raisers and 100% of proceeds from their events remain in our community. The Support Group Members are women of all ages from 20 to 80, some of whom are 30 year survivors and some who are just starting treatment.

They offer access to professionals in direct or related fields at many of their meetings. The members of the group are encouraged to keep in touch with

Bracelets to help Breast Cancer patients. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Bracelets to help Breast Cancer patients. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

one another outside of regular meetings, as well. Their regular support group meetings are held on the second and last Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 PM at the Tedford Education Building at NCH, 4th Avenue North, Naples. They also meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon and suggest interested women call 239-417-4600 for meeting details

This year the group is holding their Links to Life Luncheon on February 1st at The Ritz Carlton, Naples. The 10th Annual Caring Women Bond to Beat Breast Cancer Luncheon is entitled “Love, Laughter and All That Jazz”. Charlie Sherrill, a local Jazz Musician, will provide the entertainment. There will be a Silent Auction where one can bid on a number of items and Prize Drawings of their ever popular Themed Prize Packages. The Silent Auction items will be on display in Salon IV from 11:00 AM during the Sip-n-See portion of the luncheon and the ladies will be able to bid on the items

Black Crystal/Amber.

Black Crystal/Amber.

at this time.

The Prize packages will also be on display during “Sip-n-See” prior to the luncheon for review by the ladies. At this time they will have the opportunity to purchase drawing tickets for $25 each, three for $50 or seven for $100. Guests may place their tickets into the containers of the items they hope to win. Winning tickets will be drawn at the luncheon and the winning ticket holders must be present to win or designate a friend to receive their Prize Package.

Proceeds of this event help BBBCSI to carry out their Mission of financial assistance to Collier Residents who are uninsured or underinsured to assist them through their Breast Cancer journey. Get your tickets early. Last year’s attendance topped 750 women. For additional information contact Joetta Abbazio at 239-417-4600.

A sister group from North Carolina makes and sell bracelets which can be purchase locally to help women with Breast Cancer. The bracelets can be purchase from Colleen Austin at (239) 389-2303. The cost is $15 each.

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