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Editor’s Letter

 

Give in October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. During this month, local and national sports team dress out in pink, local organizations host fundraising events and we all spend a little more time thinking about the lives that have been touched by breast cancer. Even though this disease impacts the lives of too many every day of the year, we spend 31 days focusing on how our community can make a difference.

We are blessed to live in our region. Our communities are complete with individuals, businesses and health care professionals who are passionate and dedicated to fighting this fight. Our people know this disease does not only touch the life of the woman diagnosed but every life she has touched. She is our mother, our daughter, our sister, our aunt, our coworker or our friend. She is us. We are her.

On page 97, you will find a page dedicated to all the Breast Cancer Awareness events in our area. Each event is special and unique and is organized to help serve a woman and her family right here at home. Turn to the page, open your calendar and schedule a time to help one of these great organizations continue to make a difference locally.

Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation’s goal is the eradication of breast cancer. HOPE is an acronym for help, outreach, prevent and education. Whether raising funds to sponsor breast cancer research or spreading awareness, Hope 4 You is at the center of serving our community. This year, Show Me The Ozarks Magazine is excited to present two events that support this organization.

The 10th Annual Covers for a Cause event will be held Thursday, October 3, from 9 am to 5:30 pm inside Mercy Hospital Joplin Clinic Entrance in front of Mercy Gift Shop. We will have pink props, the camera and everything you need to create a lasting memory and give to a great cause. Special edition t-shirts, hats and tote bags will be available. See page 16 for all the details. Hope to see you there!

Three custom pink guitars will be raffled at Blue Moon Boutique October 25 at 5 pm. Raffle tickets will be available starting October 7 at Blue Moon Boutique in Joplin. Only $5 per entry or five entries for $20. Take a peek at these one-of-a-kind guitars on page 97. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation.

Since the inception of SMTO, we have featured over 50 women who fought or are fighting breast cancer. These features hold a very special place in my heart. We have honored women, told their stories, laughed with them and cried with them. We have shared stories of miraculous recovery, and we have lost some dear friends. Each feature is a little different, but each story has the commonality of hope and faith. This year, we have featured more women willing to tell their story to help another on their journey and to continue to spread awareness. From page 88 to 92, you will find women who are strong but are often too humble to recognize their own strength. Thank you, each of you, for sharing your story with us.

October is the month to give. The month to think about all the women and their families who are impacted by breast cancer 365 days of year. Let’s make these 31 days count.

 

 

Lee Radcliff

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