Misty's Seeds of Hope
In March of 2018, when West Virginia Breast Health Initiative was only 8 months old, we lost our beloved Co-Founder, Misty Bennett. Misty was a guiding light for our organization and an ambassador for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2020, we were ready to begin gifting/granting out money to qualifying, medical facilities across the state. So it was only natural that we name the fundraising and community outreach sponsorship program, Misty’s Seeds of Hope. Our guardian angel planting seeds of hope to make sure West Virginians could and can continue to get the help and the hope that they needed.
Misty Bennett’s first “Seeds of Hope” fundraising and community outreach sponsorship is with the Harmony House serving the local communities of West Virginia’s Cabell and Wayne counties. Through this community outreach sponsorship, the Harmony House will be in a position to better assist the homeless community in Cabell and Wayne counties procure mammograms and detection services to a part of our local community which is primarily uninsured. At WVBHI, we believe that people from all walks of life deserve basic medical care needs including the detection of breast cancer. To that end, WVBHI stands with the homeless community of West Virginia to help in this effort. WVBHI could not have found a better partnership than the Harmony House to fulfill this need. For more information about the Harmony House and to discover how they help the Cabell and Wayne county communities in West Virginia, please take a moment and read the below.
From Marissa Clark, Assistant Director for Harmony House, “Harmony House is the only drop-in day shelter in Cabell and Wayne Counties serving individuals experiencing homelessness. Our multipurpose day shelter provides a safe space to access showers, laundry, food, clothing, job readiness services, and supportive housing services for the homeless.
Harmony House affirms the right of all people to adequate food, clothing, shelter and healthcare. We believe these are human rights and should be available to everyone.
To that end, the mission of Harmony House is to provide those basic resources and housing to the homeless and formerly homeless of the Huntington area, as well as to collaborate with partner agencies for the provision of such basic resources.”
To learn more about Harmony House visit harmonyhousewv.com
WV HEALTH RIGHT
In September 2020, West Virginia Breast Health Initiative presented via mail, a check from the Misty Bennett's Seeds of Hope Fund. WV Health Right has an exceptional history of helping women with their battle against breast cancer, and WVBHI looks forward to continuing our partnership for uninsured and under-insured West Virginians.
Dr. Angie Settle, CEO -
"Transportation is a huge barrier for our female patients and we find that offering a bus pass or a $5 gas card to cover their travel to their mammogram appointment or their appointment with a breast specialist can make all the difference in whether they go or not. A missed appointment is a missed opportunity to treat or diagnose breast cancer which ultimately can mean the difference between life and death for these women. Medications needed during treatment for breast cancer are also a huge barrier for many women who cannot get the cost covered through Medicaid or Medicare so the funding will be a huge help there as well.
We look forward to reporting on the many lives touched through this funding and know that the “Misty Bennett Seeds of Hope Fund’ will most surely have a huge impact in the lives of the women that call WV Health Right their medical home."
For more information on WV Health Right visit wvhealthright.org
On August 13, Misty's Seeds of Hope Chair, Dan Snufferpresented Bonnie's Buswith a check for $5,000. for mammograms at the Sissonville Health Center. Thank you to Dan and Director of Mobile Screening, CancerPrevention & Control, Jenny Ostienfor working together to open doors for a great new partnership.
To ensure access to state-of-the-art breast cancer and other screenings for West Virginia women.
To improve the health of all West Virginia women through strong partnerships with communities and health care providers.
To maintain the values of quality, innovation, teamwork, service to communities, accountability, and commitment as the foundation of our patient care, education, and research programs.
To learn more about Bonnie's Bus go to wvucancer.org/bonnie
RAINELLE MEDICAL CENTER
In June 2020 – WVBHI Misty’s Seeds of Hope Chair and BOD, Dan Snuffer, presented Rainelle Medical Center CEO, Kristi Atha-Raderwith a check from Misty’s Seeds of Hope.
Misty Bennett’s Seeds of Hope fundraising and community outreach sponsorship is with the Rainelle Medical Center, serving families of Greenbrier County, Eastern Fayette County, and surrounding areas. Through this community outreach sponsorship, Rainelle Medical Center will be in a position to better assist these communities procure mammograms and detection services.
Rainelle Medical Center’s mission is to promote and improve individual, family, and community wellness by providing quality health services and educational information, regardless of ability to pay, in the rural, medically underserved areas that they serve.
For more information on Rainelle Medical Center go to communityhealthcenter.net