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Local Teens Help Re-launch Chemo Care Packages

Mena High School’s EAST Program launched EAST Cancer Awareness Week to bring awareness about a disease that affects almost every single person in one way or another. Along with encouraging students to dress in specific colors each day, they have created a package that everyone can help with.

EAST has teamed up with Bearcats for a Cure and Clarice’s Room of Hope in creating Bearcat Chemo Care Packages.  Clarice’s used to provide these care packages, but due to funding, has not been able too in some time.  Coordinators said in Polk County alone, an average of three patients a week are diagnosed with cancer.  “We thought that all students would like to be involved in creating the care packages and EAST Cancer Awareness Week is perfect timing,” said EAST facilitator Tyra Hobson.

The items need for the care packages are: Sacks, small hand sanitizer, small Kleenex packages, Crossword Puzzles/ Suduko/ Word Search, chapstick, peppermints, and small lotions.

All Chemo Care Packages will be given to Polk County patients.  If you have any questions, please contact Tyra Hobson at 479-394-1144 or email


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