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  • Groups sell pink hair extensions

  • Via Christi Hospital employees and members of the Pittsburg community showed their support for the fight against breast cancer Monday afternoon in the hospital lobby.

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  • Via Christi Hospital employees and members of the Pittsburg community showed their support for the fight against breast cancer Monday afternoon in the hospital lobby.
    Students from Fort Scott Community College’s School of Cosmetology in Pittsburg and volunteers from the Mount Carmel Foundation teamed up to raise money for the foundation’s Cancer Center Fund by selling $5 pink hair extensions and several varieties of breast cancer awareness T-shirts. The event was held in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs through all of October.
    Money from the Cancer Center Fund is used to help patients in need, such as providing gas cards for patients who have to travel long distances to reach the center, supply nutritional supplement drinks to patients who have a hard time eating during chemotherapy, and helping pay for prescription drugs for those who can least afford them, said Mount Carmel Foundation Executive Director Duane Dreiling. The fund currently has less than $1,000, Dreiling said.
    “We see a great need for the fund to continue to be used, and anything we can get is greatly appreciated,” Dreiling said, adding that anyone can donate to the fund, even if they don’t want to purchase a shirt or extensions. “Even if you just want to make a contribution, that’s greatly appreciated, too.”
    The hospital will host a similar event for the community at Ron’s Supermarket from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
    Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates there are 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S. Breast cancer is also the second deadliest cancer for women behind lung cancer. Dreiling said donations are important, but that the main goal of the events is to help make the disease more widely known.
    “It’s important to raise awareness of breast cancer and to stress the importance of early detection,” Dreiling said. “This is a fundraiser, but the money is not as important as creating awareness.”
    That’s why the FSCC School of Cosmetology has partnered with Via Christi for past few years, said student Shelley Koger.
    “It’s important to show our support,” Koger said. “I do it, personally, because my mom passed away from breast cancer.”
    Randy Stinebaugh, who works in the heart catheterization lab, brought his 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Haley, to get pink hair extensions.
    “We’ve got to support the cause,” Stinebaugh said.
    Linsey Brazeal works in the ultrasound lab and said she does multiple breast examinations every day. She also got pink extensions.
    “I just want to support the cause,” she said.

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