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More than $74K raised at Pink Tea and Pink Cocktail

Breast cancer survivor Jessica Dahlinger speaks at the Pink Tea and Pink Cocktail

The Gritman Medical Center Foundation’s 18th annual Pink Tea and Pink Cocktail event Tuesday in the Bruce Pitman Center International Ballroom at the University of Idaho was attended by more than 650 people and raised over $74,000, according to preliminary figures.

The event is the Foundation’s signature fundraiser and supports Gritman Medical Center in providing cancer care support services and technology to the region.

“The Gritman Pink Tea and Pink Cocktail is one of the most meaningful moments in the year for Gritman and the cancer patients we serve,” Gritman CEO and President Kara Besst said. “It is our honor to help support cancer patients throughout their journey and we are grateful for the support of so many in our community who make it possible.”

This year’s keynote speakers included former first lady of Idaho and Pink Tea and Pink Cocktail founder Patricia Kempthorne and breast cancer survivor Jessica Dahlinger. The event also featured a video of breast cancer survivors Maria Horta-Vorse (and her husband, Chad Vorse), LaRae Pearson, Brenda Griffin and Tina McClure sharing their stories.

Since 2003 the events have raised more than $1 million to support cancer care services at Gritman.

Money raised this year will help provide financial and educational resources for cancer patients through the Gritman Cancer Care Fund. The fund provides support to numerous programs at Gritman, including:

• The Light a Candle Program, which funds services for local cancer patients;

Bosom Buddies, which provides screening mammograms for local women who cannot otherwise afford them;

• The Wagner Whole New You Room, which provides hats, scarves, turbans, wigs and prosthetics free of charge;

• and the Cancer Resource Center, which provides information, community resources and support.

Donations will also assist in the purchase of a new state-of-the-art hematology analyzer to analyze blood. The new analyzer features the latest technology and will allow oncologists to better tailor care for cancer patients.

“This new hematology analyzer will give us the most advanced technology on the Palouse to better care for our patients,” Gritman Laboratory Director Greg Nordin said.

During the event, Besst highlighted the new Palouse Oncology & Hematology clinic, located in downtown Moscow at Gritman Medical Center’s new medical office building, 803. S. Main St., Suite 210. The clinic is operated by Palouse Specialty Physicians in partnership with Cancer Care Northwest. Palouse Specialty Physicians is a regional health care partnership between Gritman, Pullman Regional Hospital and Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in Colfax.

For more information or to donate, go to gritman.org/pink-tea-pink-cocktail.