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Local nurse preps for breast cancer event

Posted: October 1, 2011 - 11:01pm
Cancer patient Jay Crondahl poses with Chemo/Infusion Therapist Tamera Simone-Collins near a painting he made for a upcoming fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Fundation. The painting will be one of the silent auction items.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Cancer patient Jay Crondahl poses with Chemo/Infusion Therapist Tamera Simone-Collins near a painting he made for a upcoming fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Fundation. The painting will be one of the silent auction items.

Full of energy, Tamara Simone, CRNI, RN, infusion chemotherapist at Bartlett Regional Hospital, has been dedicating more than just her scheduled hours to helping cancer patients; she is organizing her second annual fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there are an abundance of fundraising events for organizations like The Cancer Connection, serving Southeast Alaska. Simone felt that raising additional money for research is important as well.

“Research leads to prevention,” she pointed out, while sharing that she had six new breast cancer patients in her care within the last month.

A patient of Simone’s, local artist Jay Crondahl, has donated a painting for the event’s silent auction.

In 2010, Simone created and sold a calendar featuring breast cancer patients and survivors, in addition to organizing a walkathon.

This year, she will host a pasta dinner at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center. Several restaurants donate pasta dishes, while local grocery stores will donate salad and garlic bread.

Heritage Coffee Company will donate coffee and Odom Corporation will provide soft drinks. For those with a sweet tooth, there will be an outcry auction for desserts made by BRH doctors, though Simone has suggested that significant others may be helping.

There will be a silent auction featuring local art, among other items. Tickets are on sale for a drawing for three quilts, handmade locally by Dianna Scheel. Live entertainment at the dinner will include Lda Kut Naax Sati’ Yatx’i (All Nations’ Children) Dancers, singer and guitarist Kevin Skeek and the Canvas marimba group.

Proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, with more than 90 percent of funding spent directly on research and awareness. BCRF’s mission is “to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.”

For more information from BCRF, visit www.bcrfcure.org. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, Hearthside Books or directly from Tamara Simone at Bartlett Regional Hospital. Tickets are $15 for an individual, $25 for a couple, or $35 for a family. The event is Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center, 3239 Hospital Drive.

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