Little Company of Mary Hospital is hosting the 5th Annual Pink Pajama Party on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Alsip. The Pink Pajama Party began as a way for Joanne Jager, chair of the event and the Pink Pajama Party Committee, to give back by making a difference in the lives of those who are fighting breast cancer.
“I personally have had several women close to me receive the diagnosis of breast cancer,” said Jager. The overwhelming feelings of sadness and helplessness upon learning the news of their illnesses is what led Jager to coordinate the first annual Pink Pajama Party five years ago. She continues, “It is their strength that has been my inspiration for this event.”
The Pink Pajama Party gives Southland residents a local option in supporting the fight against breast cancer. Proceeds from the event assist women in need undergoing breast cancer treatment at Little Company of Mary Hospital’s Cancer Center, including providing assistance with transportation needs, delivering dinners after a day of treatment and assisting with pharmaceutical needs.
“We are extremely grateful to be able to give our breast cancer patients what they need as they go through their cancer journey and let them know that are others are thinking about them and wishing them well,” said Pat Morley, Associate Director of Little Company of Mary’s Foundation Department. The individual needs of each patient are assessed by Little Company of Mary’s Breast Nurse Navigator and the funds are available to improve the quality of life for those going through breast cancer treatment through the support of this event.
“The success of the event has allowed us to put our finger on the pulse of what is needed to ease the physical, psychological and emotional needs of breast cancer patients when they need it most,” said Jager. “It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of such an amazing group of women who inspire me daily and who remind me that, together, we can, we have and we will continue to make a difference.”
The 5th Annual Pink Pajama Party begins with a 3:00 p.m. check-in at the DoubleTree Hotel followed by a cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, games, raffles, silent auctions, dancing, and stories of survivorship. All persons attending must be 21 years or older and will be required to show proof of ID at registration. It isn’t too late to sign up! To register, visit http://www.lcmh.org/home/foundation/pink-pajama-party/. For additional information, contact Pat Morley at 708.229.5097.