LMH's upcoming Arctic Blast benefits cancer patients and survivors

The weather outside may be frightful and the very idea of a rooftop cocktail party may make most people run for their Snuggies, but for Lawrence Memorial Hospital's upcoming Arctic Blast dinner and auction, the winter wind chill is just right.

LMH will host the Arctic Blast, a progressive dinner party that begins on the upper terrace at the Oread Hotel and moves to a different floor for each course, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. Funds from the event support the LMH Catch a Break program, providing cancer patients and survivors with financial assistance for everyday items such as bills, medications, food or clothing.

This is the first event of its kind for Catch a Break. Bundled up in their favorite winter gear, guests will begin the evening on the 9th Floor Terrace overlooking Lawrence for hors d'oeuvres and circus entertainment under heated tents.

From there, the party will move to the 5th Floor Terrace for the second course in a tropically-themed outdoor setting with another magnificent view.

The party then moves indoors for the main course in the Griffith Ballroom with live music and an art exhibit, ending at the Hancock Ballroom for desserts and live music and dancing. A silent auction featuring a number of exciting items will complete the event.

While many cancer related charities and organizations direct their attention to the worthy efforts of prevention, screening, treatment or research, Catch a Break focuses on the survivor.

Founded by cancer survivor Cindy Sargent with the help of some friends in 2007, Catch a Break helps cancer patients and their families stay current on their bills and fill the financial gaps caused by their diagnoses. Anyone who is currently undergoing or who has undergone treatment may apply.

"We help by paying a utility bill, buying groceries, getting gifts for the holidays or covering a co-pay for medication," Sargent explains. "CAB was born out of necessity, and as a survivor I saw the direct impact that fighting cancer has on so many family budgets. The strain can be devastating and our purpose is to help with the cost of survivorship."

Since 2007 Catch a Break has helped over 100 families with an average of $300 per family.

"This may not seem like much but to take the worry away about how to pay a utility bill or car payment, even for a short amount of time, is uplifting for someone fighting for their life," Sargent says of their vital impact on families.

“Catch a Break is an incredibly important program for cancer patients and their families. Being diagnosed with cancer is challenging, and LMH Endowment Association is very proud to support this unique mission of extended care outside of the treatment room,” LMH Chief Development Officer, Kathy Clausing-Willis agrees.

Because Catch a Break operates out of LMH Endowment, 100% of Catch a Break funds go directly to its beneficiaries.

To purchase a ticket, volunteer for Arctic Blast or to find out more about Catch a Break, contact LMH Endowment at 785-505-3318 or info@lmhendowment.org.

Tagged: Catch a Break, Oread, LMH, Cancer, Lawrence Memorial Hospital

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