Forced to accept that its main fundraising activities must be postponed to 2021, the Le Ruban Rose breast center has rolled up its sleeves in recent months to pursue its primary mission: to support and accompany those affected from near and far. by breast cancer.
The general manager, Isabelle Giroux, explains that the center benefits from a subsidy, which has enabled it to continue to offer its essential services. “We are the only cancer health organization accredited by the CIUSSS-MCQ,” she explains.
We know that the Ruban Rose was founded in 1998. It is the only organization present between Quebec and Montreal and helps women from all over the Mauricie and surrounding areas. He reaches his clientele in particular thanks to the pivot nurses in the hospitals of La Tuque, Trois-Rivières and even Quebec, who refer people as soon as they are diagnosed with breast cancer. At the Center-de-la-Mauricie hospital, in the Shawinigan-Sud sector, a Ruban Rose worker is always on site in a room near the radiology department, where she can receive women when they have their mammograms, Soothing them when they hear bad news and explaining the services offered to support them throughout their process.
Also, once a month, the center presents conferences, given by a social worker, on different subjects. This activity was put on the ice for a few months, but was able to resume in September on an ad hoc basis, with only a few people in the room.
Renew its fundraising activities
Every year, the Breast Center is very active in terms of fundraising activities: motorbike ride, breast cancer calendar, gift baskets, etc. This year, the pandemic thwarted plans and forced the team to find other means of funding.
An initiative was born last year from a jewelry designer from the region, Marie-Josée Mompain, who decided to donate $ 5 for each sale of a bracelet of her creation. This initiative was repeated this year. This time, the bracelets are made in two versions, bearing the effigy of the Pink Ribbon. For each bracelet sold, a donation of $ 5 is given to the breast center.
You can purchase your bracelet directly at the Le Ruban Rose breast center, at 819-536-3078, [email protected], at Facebook / ribbonrosemauricie or http://www.rubanrosemauricie.org/. Also visit the artist’s Facebook page (Facebook / Ma-J Bijoux).
A difficult year
It must be said that the breast center has gone through several storms in recent months. In addition to the activities canceled by the Covid-19 pandemic, from a team that had to be reduced to one person, the center recently lost a valuable colleague, Line Bourque, general manager for 12 years. Still shaken, Isabelle Giroux, who was acting, intends to follow in the footsteps of her predecessor by continuing the mission she had been accomplishing since 2008.
In addition, the Le Ruban Rose breast center will have a new website in the coming months.