Breast Intentions Mardi Gras to aid breast cancer patients

Jazz and fun will be in the air when Breast Intentions of Illinois hosts its fourth annual “Mardi Gras Madness” program to raise money to help offset daily living costs for breast cancer patients and their families.

The event will be held from 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the ballroom at Joliet’s Jacob Henry Mansion, 15 S. Richards Street in Joliet.

Renowned Chicago-area jazz vocal group Nova Soul will provide the evening’s entertainment.

The event will also include a photo booth, appetizers, a cash bar, raffle baskets and split the pot raffles.

Casual attire is requested.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $35, and tables of 10 are $300. Contact Breast Intentions of Illinois Founder Lou Ann Peck for sponsorship opportunities at louann@breastinentions.org.

Breast Intentions is a unique organization that helps families suffering through breast cancer pay their daily living expenses.

The group formed eight years ago in New Jersey when then 15-year-old cousins Erika Rech and Mike Ruane saw the devastating effects breast cancer can have after two family members were diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.

Peck, who is an executive assistant at Midland States Bank in Joliet and a resident of Shorewood, read about Rech and Ruane in a 2010 magazine article.

She was so moved and inspired that she decided to form Breast Intentions of Illinois later that year.

Since its inception Breast Intentions of Illinois has raised and donated nearly $58,000 to help 41 breast cancer patients with rent, utility bills, medical and cosmetic needs, groceries, car payments, gas cards and insurance.

The goal of Breast Intentions is simple, yet vital, according to Peck.

“There are many wonderful organizations doing great things to try to cure breast cancer,” she said. “In the meantime, the patients and their families still have to live their lives.

The bills don’t go away just because you have breast cancer. In fact they usually get worse because the patient often cannot work.

“That’s where Breast Intentions comes in,” Peck added. “We do our best to help make a tough situation a little bit easier.”

For more information, call Peck at 630-254-6031, or visit the Breast Intentions of Illinois web site at www.breastintentionsofillinois.weebly.com or the national Breast Intentions website at www.breastintentions.org.

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