Tahoe LUNA Chix grant over $11K to local breast cancer programs | SierraSun.com

Tahoe LUNA Chix grant over $11K to local breast cancer programs

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The Tahoe LUNA Chix are proud to announce they have granted more than $11,500 this year to local breast cancer programs. The Tahoe LUNA Chix host an annual fundraiser, The Pink Party, in Truckee each fall to benefit local breast cancer programs along with benefiting the national Breast Cancer Fund organization.

After hosting three Pink Party fundraisers, the group formed a Board of Directors to manage the Tahoe LUNA Fund, which has grown to $30,000.

“It is the objective of Tahoe LUNA Chix to support and fund appropriate local projects that directly impact the health and wellness of the women in our community with a priority focus around breast cancer,” said Lisa Toutant, president of the Board.

One of the two projects being funded is in support of the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center’s “Exercise for Energy” program. Through this grant, 50 women in the community who are inflicted with breast cancer will be provided free class vouchers to receive critical exercise rehabilitation services not covered by insurance.

This program teaches cancer patients how to exercise and discusses topics like nutrition, yoga, physical therapy and other important health services.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer these important wellness programs to many more women in the community. The LUNA Chix grant helps us get the word out about the capabilities of our Cancer Center, and supports the programs for treating the whole patient, which makes our Cancer Center so successful. This opportunity to partner with another great local group will benefit our community and patients,” said Eileen Knudson, Director of the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.

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In addition, the Tahoe LUNA Chix are providing a grant to the Reno Cancer Foundation. This organization provides monies to cancer patients to cover the costs of life’s necessities such as medical services, food, rent, gas cards, etc. during a time of tremendous need. Funds awarded from this grant will go directly to support women with breast cancer from Truckee or the North Shore during their time of need.

For this program, 10 women will be supported with $500 in need-based services.

“The Reno Cancer Foundation has been helping people afflicted with cancer in the greater Reno/Tahoe area since 1945, and we couldn’t do it without the generous support of our local community. We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Tahoe LUNA Fund to assist us in continuing our legacy of supporting those in need,” stated Lois Bynum, Executive Director of the Reno Cancer Foundation Inc.

The Tahoe LUNA Chix are pleased to announce that the Fourth Annual Pink Party will be held on Oct. 17, 2008, at Pacific Crest/Bar of America in Truckee. Last year the event raised $27,500 benefiting local breast cancer programs and the Breast Cancer Fund. Tickets for the fundraiser will go on sale at the end of September at Wild Cherries in Truckee.