Pink Lemonade Project Pampers, Supports Women with Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Pink Power fundraising efforts in Southwest Washington have raised millions of dollars to support critical health projects benefitting women and children including the Kearney Breast Center and the new Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southwest Washington Medical Center. Now the Pink Lemonade Project hopes to raise awareness and funds to help women living with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Allen Gabriel, MD, and his wife Cassie Gabriel, MD, co-founders of the Pink Lemonade Project, worked with the Southwest Washington Medical Center Foundation to establish the Pink Lemonade Fund. Money raised helps subsidize the cost of multi-day educational retreats for women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. Events and activities are also arranged for the women’s spouses and primary support persons. Many of the women involved in the program are past patients of Southwest Medical Group reconstructive surgeon Allen Gabriel, MD, and general surgeon, Toni Storm-Dickerson, MD, FACS.
“Even when the treatment and reconstruction is over, we don’t walk away for these women or their loved ones. We know long after the cancer is gone, there are still plenty of emotional scars to attend to, and this effort ensures support for cancer survivors and their families,” said Allen Gabriel, MD.
With financial support from Bill and Jeanne Firstenburg, Pink Lemonade was able to hold its initial retreat at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon earlier this fall. Twelve women participated in three days of structured activities and recreation. For more information on Pink Lemonade, please contact the Southwest Medical Group Plastic Surgery at 360.514.1010.