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Pink Ribbon Club hosts retreat

PRINCETON — The Illinois Valley Breast Cancer Connection’s Pink Ribbon Club is revving up for their first retreat for area breast cancer survivors.

Survivors from Bureau and LaSalle counties will flock to the AmericInn in Princeton on Friday for a night of fun and relaxation. The mini get-away will be just for survivors, along with friends and family.

Sonnie Blocki, who is founder of the Pink Ribbon Club, explained the importance of a fun night out to get minds off the everyday stress and struggles. The entertaining free night will allow survivors to kick back and enjoy a cheery time.

“The cool thing is AmericInn has donated a block of rooms for survivors on top of their overwhelming generosity in assisting with planning and decorating for the very “pink” weekend,” Blocki explained.

The women will be able to stay the night without having to worry about any hotel expenses.

The event will include several activities including a spa room with manicures and pedicures, a mini-theater room to watch “chick flick” movies, games, pizza and at the end of the night, a PJ pageant.

“It’s all about the support and having fun,” Blocki explained. “We’ve asked the ladies to come show off their PJs and bling. We’re going to have fun titles for the winners and actual judges judging the PJs.”

The Pink Ribbon Club has been together since July 2013 and attracts anywhere from 25 to 47 women who attend its monthly meetings.

Blocki works as a physical therapist in the rehab stage of cancer survivors. While conversing with the many survivors she discovered there was a need for more than the traditional cancer support group. The Pink Ribbon Club fills that gap and provides educational, social and medical resources to assist with the journey. The support is provided at all journey stages in cancer survivors.

Blocki explained the most unique aspect of the group is that it shares resources of many area medical providers and facilities in the area.

The club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Valley Regional Cancer Center in Peru.

Those interested in learning more about the Pink Ribbon Club may contact Blocki by emailing or call 815-220-878.

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