Gather for the Cure helps celebrate survivors, raise awareness

Breast cancer

The second annual Gather For The Cure – an event to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month – is set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8, at Whispering Pines Indoor Shelter, Scott County Park.

The event is an opportunity to celebrate breast cancer survivorship, remember those lives lost to breast cancer, learn about available programs and resources, and raise money to support the Genesis Voucher Program. The program provides free breast imaging to qualifying patients.

Money raised from the event will be used by the Genesis Foundation to help fill a funding gap created when the Susan G. Komen organization ended financial support to voucher programs in the Quad-Cities region in 2021.

Retired Isabel Bloom sculptures and the newest Isabel Bloom ornament will be for sale at the event. 

Recognizing that cost should never be a barrier to accessing essential life-saving breast imaging, the Genesis Foundation is committed to raising funds needed to meet the demand – an estimated $50,000 annually.

“There isn’t a single person who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer,” said Diane Koster, Genesis Women’s Health Grant Program specialist. “This event helps us build support for our community to fight breast cancer with the hope to continue for many years until we never lose someone again.”

Here is the Gather for the Cure schedule for Saturday:

  • 9 a.m. –  Attendees can sign the Pink Heals pink fire truck. Enjoy complimentary food beverages and live music, and visit vendors, resource tables and retailers. Iowa State Troopers will be selling breast cancer awareness patches.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Message of Hope from breast cancer survivor Angela Mattke.
  • 11 a.m. – One-mile walk.
  • 11:55 a.m. – Bubble blowing in memory of those lost and in honor of those fighting breast cancer; final announcements; and prize drawings.

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