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Pamela Rogers-Frink, a USA Medical Center phlebotomist (front, left in pink T-shirt), poses in front with this group of hospital staff who purchased one of her breast cancer awareness T-shirts back in October. These T-shirts were designed by Rogers-Frink and have become an annual fundraiser she runs to raise money for breast cancer patients in the USA Health System.
A little over two years ago, Pamela Rogers-Frink's project to raise a little money for breast cancer patients reached only her co-workers in the laboratory and cafeteria at USA Medical Center. The black T-shirts, which she designed with with the help of another co-worker, matched the uniforms she and her colleagues wore in the lab.
She raised $99 for the first year of the breast cancer T-shirt fund-raiser.
The following year, the campaign reached the entire hospital staff. Always getting permission from the administration first, Rogers-Frink pointed out, the phlebotomist raised almost $800 in the second year of the project.
This year, the hospital walls are not the limit. T-shirts, now available in four different colors, have been sold to co-workers, other hospital staff members, staffers in the nearby Mastin Building and Mitchell Cancer Institute, over the Bay at MCI's Fairhope setting, and even beyond the medical community at places like Wells Fargo Bank, Mobile Community Action Head Start and her family and friends, the GNO Ladies.
So far this year, she has raised more than $1,200, which will be used for all breast cancer patients in the USA Health System.
Rogers-Frink is delighted not only to be raising funds to help patients, but to be raising awareness about the difficulties that breast cancer patients face.
"It's all because of my mother," Rogers-Frink said. "She died of breast cancer when I was 11. I was her nurse when she came home from chemo. This was something very hard and new to me.
"My father raised me. But I got the chance of enjoying my mother during 11 years if my life and learning enough to survive."
Now she is married and has kids of her own: a daughter who's a graduate of the University of Alabama and three sons attending the University of Southern Mississippi and ITT Technical Institute. Her mother is still a big inspiration.
"She's the inspiration for me to help breast cancer patients."
She enjoys being able to work with patients on the job, always hoping to inspire their confidence when she goes to draw their labs, and now she's delighted to have found an additional way to help.
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