---- — Rush Memorial Hospital will be the host for the annual fundraiser Brian’s Cause – Together We Can this Saturday, Aug. 24.
The morning begins at 8 a.m. with a free health fair. The fair will consist of skin cancer screenings, blood pressure screenings, and blood work for cholesterol, blood sugar, thyroid, HDL, LDL, and PSA (prostate) for men. If getting blood work done, fasting should happen after midnight the night before the fair. The fair will be open until 10 a.m.
Subway and the RMH Cultivation Club will offer breakfast to the first 100 guests for $1.50 each. Thanks to a generous donation from the Rushville Subway restaurant the breakfast is available for a small fee compared to their customary breakfast cost for this event. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Fun activities will be held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. when open registration begins. Everyone is invited to join the events of the day for a $25 registration/donation fee.
An extensive silent auction will occur until 11:30 a.m. Decorative items for your home, local business gift certificates, game tickets for the Cincinnati Reds, Indiana Fever, autographed items from the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, various concert tickets, state attraction admission tickets, and more make up this great silent auction.
The Brian’s Cause ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with the introduction of 2013 Honorary Chair Mary Harping. Guest speakers, special music by Anecia Crowdus, followed by a cancer survivor recognition and remembrance ceremony will round out the ceremony.
Everyone will have an opportunity to write their loved one’s name and a sentiment on quilt squares. The squares will be made into a quilt that will be auctioned off at a later time.
The annual balloon release will occur as cancer survivors are celebrated and loved ones lost remembered. The ceremony will end with a 2-mile voluntary walk to North Veteran’s Park and back the hospital. Wheelchairs, golf carts, and wagons are welcomed in the walk. For those choosing not to walk, music and the silent auction will continue.
To round off the morning, memorial “Courage” stones and mums will be for sale. The stones can be pre -ordered for $20 each. Order forms are found at www.rushmemorial.com or picked up at any entrance to the hospital. Potted 8-inch mums will be for sale at $10 each.
The StatFlight helicopter will be on display for viewing and staff will answer questions.
Events of the day wrap up by noon.
“This is a great event to help qualified Rush County cancer patients that are in financial need with their treatment and care. All monies raised stay in Rush County and go into the Brian’s Cause Cancer Treatment Relief Fund.,” Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Director Faith Mock said.
“With your help we are helping local residents in need. In the last two years over $15,000 has been distributed to recipients of the Brian’s Cause Fund. This year’s goal is to double the fund. Everyone is invited to register to participate and join us at this special event. Brian Conner, his family, and friends have left a wonderful legacy in the Brian’s Cause Fund that is helping local cancer patients. We are indebted to them for creating such an exciting and wonderful event,” she continued.
Pre-registration is encouraged, but not necessary. You can pre-register online at www.rushmemorial.com or contact Faith Mock at the RMH Foundation Office 765-932-7568 for registration information.
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