Lehan Drugs’ Donation Benefits Mammogram Program
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group DeKalb January 24, 2017
DEKALB, IL – On December 2, 2016, Lehan Drugs in DeKalb, donated $6,374.92, to the KishHealth Foundation’s Mammography Fund. Lehan Drugs’ fundraising events included a quilt raffle and the increasingly popular Daisy Dash 5K.
“Every October, which is breast cancer awareness month, we have different events going on for our customers,” said Sally Smoltich, CFM, board certified mastectomy fitter for Lehan Drugs’ Women's Health Department and Boutique. “Three years ago, we began raffling off the Lehan Cares Quilt and the Daisy Dash two years ago to help raise funds for KishHealth.”
“The Daisy Dash was started as a way to kick off Women's Health Week and as an opportunity to raise additional funds for cancer programs,” Smoltich continued. “We chose to give to the mammography fund so no one has to go without getting a mammogram, no matter the person’s financial circumstances. The Daisy Dash got its name because one of the original owners’ wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and her favorite flower was the daisy. We wanted the Dash to be a family-friendly community event which is why we start and end in our parking lot on Fourth Street and the route encompasses the neighborhood.”
Smoltich added, “The Lehan family is very community-minded and the Daisy Dash is just another way they show how they care for the people of DeKalb. It is a fun event that brings together moms, dads, children, survivors, and friends to show support for a worthy cause. I enjoy being part of the fight against breast cancer and helping spread the word for such an important cause in today's world.”
The quilt, made by Carey Likens who is a friend of a Lehan’s employee, generously donates the quilt. During Lehan’s Women’s Health Week, the quilt travels from the Sycamore Ladies Night Out event in June to Lehan’s Fourth Street location, to local Northwestern Medicine locations including the KishHealth Physician Group – DeKalb, in Sycamore, and the KishHealth Cancer Center, in DeKalb, and then back to the store where employees pick the winner.
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