I have been a breast cancer advocate for nearly half my life, arguably most of my life seeing as though I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was seven.
In early 2009, Rosanne Palazzolo, a friend, client, and a breast cancer survivor reached out to me and asked if I’d like to organize and host a breast cancer benefit with her. The event was so successful that together, and with the love and support of several other extraordinary women, we founded The Linda Clemens Breast Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization funded through private donations, one event at a time whose mission is to provide comfort and support to local, Connecticut women battling breast cancer.
To-date, The Linda Clemens Breast Cancer Foundation has grown beyond the board’s wildest dreams, affording us the ability to contribute both funding and create multiple community initiatives to and with the following local organizations: the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer at Hartford Hospital, The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and ECHN. Most recently, they partnered with the University of Connecticut and founded the Linda Clemens Early Detection Fund at the Neag Comprehensive Cancer at UConn Health Center to provide free mammograms and if necessary, biopsies for the un- and under-insured.
Throughout the month of October, we partner with over 60 local businesses and community organizations to raise money and awareness in our local communities. Everything from pink drinks at local bars and restaurants, to t-shirt sales at local high schools, and hockey swaps with local youth hockey organizations.
Every year in the late Spring, we host our marquee event that got it all started seven years ago, The Pink Glove Gala. It is a fantastic evening celebrating life and remembering those who have lost their battles with breast cancer featuring a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing and both silent and live auctions.
Nearly ALL of the funds we raise throughout the year go back directly to local women (and men) and their families who have been affected by breast cancer here in Connecticut through our different initiatives.
Creating and distributing Chemo Care Bags to local infusion centers
Purchasing compression garments for post-surgery recovery
Collection and distribution of wigs
Stop&Shop gift cards for qualified ECHN (Easter Connecticut Health Network) patients (helps them to purchase medicine, groceries and gas)
Purchasing a lesion extraction machine (the only one in CT at the time) for Griffin Hospital
The creation and continued contributions to the Linda Clemens Early Detection Fund at UConn
We are constantly working with area hospitals to fulfill their many needs. If you would like to donate goods to a hospital or care center for cancer patients, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about Adam Clemens, visit his website http://www.adamclemens.com/ or call (860) 989-0773.
To learn more about The Linda Clemens Foundation, visit: http://lindaclemensfoundation.org/