Tyrone Area School District Supports Breast Cancer Voucher Program

The staff and students at Tyrone Area School District (TASD) contributed $2,146.60 to support The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute’s (BCWHI) Breast Cancer Voucher Program. BCWHI and its Voucher Program are services of Tyrone Regional Health Network.

The Tyrone Football Boosters donated $485.00. The Boosters raised funds through a

“Tackle Cancer” t-shirt sale.  Coach Wilson and his coaching staff supported the effort along with football players who wore pink socks during a particular football game.

The Tyrone Basketball boosters donated $1,027.60. Funds were raised at the Tyrone Lady Eagles vs. Bellwood Lady Devils basketball game held Monday Jan. 11, 2016.  Fund raisers included “Think Pink” t-shirt sales, basket raffles and donations from area business’ and individuals.  The Tyrone Jr. High Lady Eagles decorated cans and collected monetary donations during the basketball games.  Alison Bonsell and Kim Peterman served as honorary co-captains for the Lady Eagles.

Additionally, Tyrone Area School District employees contributed $634.00. Funds were raised via a dress down day held during the holiday season.

“It’s truly amazing how a group of people can get together to help others. We are so grateful,” said Lannette Johnston, Director of the BCWHI.  “This is tremendous support from our local school district to help area women with breast cancer.  Since the Voucher Program is funded completely though charitable contributions, the work the TASD has done has made a profound impact on the lives of others! ”

BCWHI’s Breast Cancer Voucher Program was developed to help BCWHI’s patients who are affected by breast cancer.  Costs associated with breast cancer care and recoveries are numerous and significant: medical co pays, transportation costs, expenses for medical supplies and other items such as wigs, and prosthetic bras are examples of  some of the expenses.  Women who are underinsured or who do not have health insurance often find themselves with mounting expenses intensifying an already stressful experience.  Additionally, the process of cancer treatment and recovery is typically lengthy keeping working women away from their jobs which can significantly reduce a family’s income.  BCWHI’s goal is to help their patients with these additional stressors through the Voucher Program and other available resources.

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured left to right is Alison Bonsell representing the Tyrone Football Boosters and the Tyrone Basketball Boosters as she presents a donation to Lannette Johnston, Director of the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute (BCWHI) to support BCWHI’s Breast Cancer Voucher Program. BCWHI and the Voucher Program are services of Tyrone Regional Health Network.