From paying rent, buying food, making sure the car is filled up for transportation to and from appointments, medical copays, and much more, many breast cancer patients face financial burdens while undergoing treatment.
Yet the mission of one local nonprofit is to ease such monetary burdens and give patients the peace of mind to focus on their treatments and health.
It’s a Breast Thing is a Lansing-based organization that provides financial assistance to mid-Michigan breast cancer patients during treatment — and 2021 is being called a “Year of Celebration” as the nonprofit awards its 400th grant to a local patient.
The majority of nonprofits likely struggled through the additional hardships born from the pandemic, but It’s a Breast Thing continued its outreach and was able to successfully award more than $100,000 to mid-Michigan patients.
However, It’s a Breast Thing is currently looking to up the ante and raise more money for grants.
Now that at in-person events are allowed, co-founders Suzi Wyman and Barb McKessy, along with board members and the event committee, are moving forward with It’s a Breast Thing’s 13th annual fundraising event coming Oct. 5 to Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath Township.
Attendees will get the latest information on breast health as well as breast cancer prevention and treatments. The popular themed-bra-decorating contest to help raise money for grants will also make its return.
The nonprofit is encouraging those who would like to support the event through sponsorship to contact the organization now. Bra decorators are also encouraged to sign up now, as space is limited.
For more information, Visit itsabreastthing.org.