Great support for local cause
What wonderful support we get from the Wabash Valley community. The Wabash Valley Breast Cancer Survivors Inc., wishes to express our utmost gratitude for the support during our recent “Paint the Town Pink” carnation sale and donations we have received through the year. The event grows each year.
First, we want to thank the oncologists and WTHI for sponsoring the television ads and WTWO for their advertisements of the sale. Also, we thank the Salvation Army for the use of their facilities for three days, the 14 sites that allowed us to sell at their locations, and the sites that handed out our fliers. The multitude of people who bought our flowers, and the many volunteers who helped us with the event in any capacity made our sale very successful. Special thanks go to volunteers Bob and Laura Bartlett, Susie Kraemer and Jane Nelson for all their extra hard work. We certainly couldn’t have done it without the help of everyone.
Also, special thanks go to Maureen and Naylor Coughlin, Goodman and Wolfe, Brad and Rick Wheatfill, John Criss at Sign Center, Nancy and William Payne, Sam’s Club, Apple House, Baesler’s, LaFon Riedel, Society of Women Engineers at Rose-Hulman, Jon Prevo and the Rose-Hulman women’s basketball team, Brenda Goble and the Rose-Hulman women’s volleyball team, Sherwin-Williams, Bemis Co. and Eli Lilly for all the help they gave us this year.
All of our money stays in the Wabash Valley, and we are all volunteers. We pay for mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. We give grants to both women’s centers in Terre Haute. If you need a mammogram and are uninsured, call either Clara Fairbanks Center for Women at 812-238-7766 or Regional Women’s Center at 812-237-9464 for help.
Also, we have free new wigs at Hope, Hux, Providence and Regional cancer centers. We make pink, soft, heart-shaped pillows for women to place under the arm after a mastectomy, soft seatbelt strap covers for the affected side, bags for the drainage tubes that women must wear home from the hospital, and pink satin pillowcases for when the hair is lost due to chemotherapy. These are placed in a pink bag with some helpful literature and are handed out by the surgeons and oncologists.
Our mission is to decrease the impact of breast cancer and increase breast cancer awareness. We want to ensure through information and peer support that no woman has to face breast cancer alone.
Check our website at www.wvbreastcancersurvivors.com for information about our organization.
We truly appreciate everything that is done for our group. The “Paint the Town Pink” carnation sale is our only fundraiser. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for anything you have done to help make our carnation sale and our program such a success.
— Coral Cochran
and members of the
Wabash Valley Breast
Cancer Survivors Inc.
Another idea on housing issue
To rethink, again, the Deming Center-Warren School housing project …
There is a very practical way to revitalize the 25th Street area and that is to build a real village, such as we had in Twelve Points, or more like the neighborhoods of the 1940s. If the project owners and our City Council, Planning Commission, whoever it takes, would get together on a village building project, they could enhance the area for the older residents and the newer ones, by 2015, the proposed year of the end of the project.
It would take actively seeking and enlisting the old grocery families and other businesses to take over some of the old buildings across the street from Warren school, perhaps with easy loans or monetary help from the city, to refurb the insides and have an old-new type of neighborhood, such as a little mini-super market grocery, a good quality restaurant, one for special diets, one with regular menus, and have mid-range prices. No greasy spoons, but no fancy high-buck kind either.
I can visualize a small mercantile store, with clothing and footwear, or even a secondhand store such as Goodwill, Lighthouse Mission or Salvation Army. There are other buildings close by that could be used for some of these types of amenities. Perhaps even a central lounge in the Warren building such as St. Anthony’s square has, or even an in-house cafeteria such as they have.
I’ve never been in the Deming, but was told by someone claiming residency there now, that it is too tiny, too old, too beat up, etc., and they’d be glad to move. I didn’t get the chance to ask if they would be glad to move away from downtown with its conveniences, though.
— Margaret J. Jaeger