BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mena Regional Health System has had a full month of activities in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The final event will be ‘Cook for a Cure’ on Thursday, October 30. MRHS employees will cook their best chili to sell by the bowl to the public and will be served with crackers and cheese for $5. There will be judging for the Chili Cook-Off and a trophy will be awarded to the winner. Proceeds will benefit Polk County Relay for Life.
They began the month with a bake sale on October 2. Employees were encouraged to bake pink desserts that were sold to raise money for the hospital’s Relay for Life Team. Pam Barton of the Ouachita Rehabilitation Center won the prize for best dessert. Barton created pink lemonade fudge and claimed the trophy.
The second week of the month, they held a ‘Pennies for a Cure’ contest. Each department of the hospital dressed a jar in pink to collect pennies. For extra incentive, a penalty was given to anyone who had silver or bills in their jars. In turn, each department began filling other department’s jars with silver and bills for a fun competition. Administration was announced as the winner, raising $156.08 with a penalty of $54.55. A total of $547.30 was raised through the project.
MRHS also held a ‘Dressing for a Cure’ day and all employees were encouraged to wear pink. National Mammography Day was held on Friday, October 17, where employees were served pink lemonade and pink popcorn.
‘Create for a Cure’ will be held on Thursday, October 23. Employees will decorate plastic pumpkins and the winning department will receive a strawberry sundae party.
For more information on these and future events, contact Sonya Maye at 479-394-6100.