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A night of R & R for breast cancer survivors

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:45 p.m. CDT
(BCR photo/Amelia Bystry)
Lorraine Hamilton (from left), Deb Feller and Nancy Jackson participate in a fashion show during the Illinois Valley Breast Cancer Connection's Pink Ribbon Club. The event was held to provide breast cancer survivors an opportunity to enjoy some pampering, rest and relaxation in a fun environment at the AmericInn in Princeton.

PRINCETON — The Illinois Valley Breast Cancer Connection’s Pink Ribbon Club enjoyed a night of fun, relaxation,and celebration of life on April 11 at the AmericInn in Princeton. Survivors from Bureau, Putnam and LaSalle counties came out in their pajamas to enjoy manicures, pedicures and facials provided free by Sophisticuts Salon and Spa in Princeton, as well as pizza, games, movies, munchies and a pajama pageant decorated with bling.

This event was planned to provide the survivors an opportunity to enjoy some fun and relaxation while leaving all of the stress of their health and finances in the parking lot. AmericInn was a wonderful host and decorated in pink to welcome the survivors. They also went above and beyond in donating their rooms for the survivors to stay free. Their assistance in planning and hosting this event was absolutely amazing. 

The DePue High School student body donated funds raised from breast cancer T-shirt sales to provide pizza, salad and drinks for the survivors, which was enjoyed by all.

The Pink Ribbon Club has been together since July 2013, and attracts anywhere from 25 to 47 women who attend its monthly meetings. The Pink Ribbon Club provides educational, social and medical resources to assist with the cancer journey. The meetings are designed to meet the needs of cancer victims at every stage during treatment and for years to come. The club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Valley Regional Cancer Center in Peru. The scheduled speakers can be found at IVBrCa.com on the calendar of events.

The Illinois Valley Breast Cancer Connection shares resources of many area medical providers and facilities. The facilities involved includes: Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Perry Memorial Hospital, Radiation Oncology of Northern Illinois, United Physical Therapy, Valley Regional Health Services and Vantage Oncology.

Those interested in learning more about the Pink Ribbon Club may contact Sonnie Blocki, founder of PRC, by emailing pinkribbonclub@sbcglobal.net or calling 815-220-8787.

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