Raising Funds and Hairs for Cancer Patients
When the tragedy of breast cancer strikes, victims can find assistance in a number of organizations when it comes to medical research and treatment, which is invaluable for the war that lay ahead. But sometimes it’s the small battles – the day to day expenses and needs, that prove to be just as challenging. How will the electric bill get paid? Where will the money come from for groceries? A child’s school activity? After all, for anyone who’s been through it, life goes on as a patient fights cancer.
It was this philosophy – this unique gift-card service offered by the Pink Ribbon Riders (PRR) – that caught the attention of Leadville resident Derrick Wood, and his wife, Leadville native Christina Wood. The couple are avid snowmobilers and saw a presentation by the PRR during a Colorado Snowmobile Association meeting. This national 501(c)3 non-profit gives breast cancer patients direct financial assistance in the form of $500 gift cards.
“I think this approach does volumes for the treatment of cancer,” said Derrick Wood. Wood has set a goal of raising $15,000 for PRR, essentially helping 30 breast cancer patients by easing the financial burden families and patient experience during treatment. Wood recalled a particularly memorable story for him about a woman undergoing cancer treatment who used the gift card to buy her daughter a Prom dress.
“She didn’t have any other way to do it. That’s what was important to her.” he explained.
In addition to actively soliciting donations, Derrick is using his head in another philanthropic manner.
“I am growing my hair out until I reach my goal. Then I will cut it and donate it, to be made into a wig for a cancer patient,” said Wood.
If you know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment and could benefit from the Pink Ribbon Riders gift card program, please log-on to their website to apply for assistance. LINK.