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Breast Friends Gala Marks 15th Anniversary

PORTLAND, Oregon — Breast Friends, a vital program that helps women navigate the challenging ordeal of a cancer diagnosis, is celebrating its 15th Anniversary with a fundraising gala this spring. Its Joy of Life Crystal Gala will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 6-11 p.m. at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah St. in Portland.

breast-friends-logoThe cost is $100 for early-bird tickets, or $125 after March 20. Registration is online at www.breastfriends.org/gala-fundraiser/ or call 503-598-8048 for more information.

The Joy of Life Crystal Gala isn’t a staid, endless, speech-giving event, but rather it’s a fun, memorable night filled with amazing food, great auction items, engaging games and activities, a DJ, a casino, and big raffle opportunities. For example, one trip worth $8,200 will be raffled off from a pool of only 100 tickets. Raffle tickets are $100 each and the winner will be drawn at the Gala (need not be present to win).

Eisai, Inc., is the event’s presenting sponsor and 105.1 The Buzz isthe media sponsor. Young women representing Miss Washington County, including Miss Oregon 2014 Rebecca Anderson, will be showing their support by volunteering at the event.

Breast Friends is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for female cancer patients, and their family and friends. Survivors Sharon Henifin and Becky Olson started Breast Friends in 2000 after discovering that there wasn’t a support network for women dealing with cancer.

“This past year, our staff and volunteers made 2,486 personal contacts with women dealing with this devastating illness — that’s an increase of 25 percent from 2013,” said Henifin. “Because of the generous support of donors, we have been able to provide support groups, wigs, and even monthly make-up and photo session for women dealing with hair loss due to chemotherapy. All of our services are free or on scholarship.”

“Fundraising and research are critical components in the fight against breast cancer, but so are the personal touches from people who care and who know what they’re going through,” added Olson. “The one-on-one support we provide is really what makes our services so important.”

Headquartered in Tigard, Oregon, Breast Friends has about 100 volunteers, and has chapters in Florida and Pennsylvania. For more information visit www.breastfriends.org, or contact Becky or Sharon at 503-598-8048.

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