Girls’ night out raises funds for Sisterhood of Survivors

By Valerie Shelton, Editor

Sometimes a girl just needs to shop.

On Wednesday, April 20, Clovis women were able to not only do just that, but do it guilt-free, as the girls’ night out event held at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District was in support of a good cause.

Proceeds from a raffle and silent auction benefitted the Sisterhood of Survivors, a non-profit that provides support and information to recently diagnosed breast cancer patients.

Laura Gardner, the fundraising chair for Sisterhood of Survivors, said the funds raised at girls’ night keep the non-profits efforts going.

“We service Fresno, Madera, Hanford, Visalia and we take tote bags and deliver them to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients,” Gardner said. “We have information in doctors’ offices and oncologists’ offices and cancer centers and the radiology places, but these funds help us get the bags out and go to health fairs and anywhere we’re asked to come and put up a booth.”

Gardner is a 27-year cancer survivor and says her goal is also to increase awareness about breast cancer.

“Telling people to pay attention is my biggest thing,” she said. “A lot of people think you can’t get breast cancer when you are young, but you can because I was young, I had a 5-year-old at the time, so my goal is to spread the word…With the tote bags, when we deliver them, it is always a survivor who goes so you have somebody who has been there, done that. We’ve had it and we understand and we just want to extend to others and we also want to get it out in the open and talked about more. You hear about the celebrities, but you may not know that your next door neighbor had it and now, everybody can say they’ve known somebody who has had it.”