Once Central New York non-profit has spent nine years dedicating their time help cancer patients work through some of the toughest times in their life. YNN's Sarah Blazonis has more on Positively Pink Packages.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- When women or men in Central New York are diagnosed with breast cancer, they also receive a care package from Positively Pink.
Inside, they'll find items including a book about breast reconstruction, a resource guide of support groups in the area, a post surgical pillow, relaxation CD's and more. The packages are valued at more than $200 but are provided to patients free of charge.
More than 5,000 of those packages have been handed out since the group's founding.
This idea started nearly ten years ago when the founder of Positively Pink Packages received her own cancer diagnosis.
"Going through it, I realized that there were some great resources out there. Many I found at the later stage, I found them months after I really could've used them, and that's kind of how I started the idea of Positively Pink Packages," said founder and Executive Director Jennifer Tom. "So, our goal is to take the best resources and put them together and give them to patients free of charge."
Packages are handed out all year long. However, Positively Pink does hold a special event specifically for Breast Cancer Awareness Month called Baking for Breast Cancer. There are 20 local restaurants participating. You can order one of the special desserts from the menus, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Positively Pink.
The group relies solely on donations to put their care packages together. To find out more about what restaurants are participating, or to learn how you can help Positively Pink Packages, head to www.positivelypinkpackages.org.