Thursday, Nov. 01 2012 5:19PM
Successful Boo Ball aids cancer patients
The third annual Boo Ball grossed a total of $213,800 of in-kind and monetary gifts and pledges toward construction of the Appearance Renewal Center.
More than 380 people boogied the night away at Saint Luke’s East Hospital’s annual Boo Ball Oct. 27. The 2012 Boo Ball was co-chaired by Brad and Sandy Cox and medical co-chairs were Ruby and Tyler Meierotto. Presenting sponsors were Brad and Sandy Cox and Chip and Debra Moxley.
Scheduled to open in October 2013, the Appearance Renewal Center will serve as a resource support hub for cancer patients and their families. It will offer cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and breast mastectomy a variety of special products specifically designed to meet their unique needs. Designer wigs, fashion head scarves, breast prostheses, specially designed personal garments, creams, sunscreen, and clothing will be available. An expert breast prosthesis fitter will serve patients in the privacy of warmly decorated, private fitting rooms.
“There is a real need in Lee’s Summit and in the eastern corridor of Jackson County for a place where cancer patients can come to a warm, inviting space and have access to resources and products to help during and after cancer treatment,” said Chief Nursing and Operations Officer Gloria Solis. “We are thrilled at the support the community and local organizations have shown to help us make this center a reality.”
The Appearance Renewal Center will be the only center of its kind on the Missouri side of the Greater Kansas City metro area. This convenience will make a significant difference for cancer survivors who are experiencing the side effects of therapy, and it is a needed complement to current and expanding oncology services at Saint Luke’s East Hospital.
The evening’s festivities were emceed by 41 Action News anchor and cancer survivor Cynthia Newsome, who shared her personal experience with breast cancer. Mrs. Kansas International 2012 Brandi Palmer also shared her breast cancer survivor story.