To the Editor:
Every October I look forward to setting up a display for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Blue Mountain Hospital. I have spent 17 years working with patients with breast cancer and I am so proud that the awareness of the disease and lifesaving early detection is growing.
Each year I set up a booth with information about breast cancer and mammograms, free giveaways, and two drawings. One drawing is open to anyone and the other is a special item for patients having a mammogram in October or calling in October to set up a mammogram appointment.
This year we had a special handmade item from a local breast cancer survivor for mammogram patients and a cute pink ribbon tote bag that was available for anyone to enter. It saddens me to say that someone stole the tote bag. Although this was not an expensive item, it is the idea that someone would steal something that was meant to bring attention to breast cancer.
I am very proud to live in this wonderful and generous community which makes me sometimes forget that criminal activity happens even here. A kind Blue Mountain Hospital employee has donated another item so that we can still have the drawing. Unfortunately I will not be able to have it on display due to this unfortunate situation.
I hope that the criminal will realize that he/she has not only disappointed a concerned citizen, but also people fighting breast cancer.