Midwest Hope & Healing, a nonprofit Quad-City area organization, was honored Thursday as the second recipient of the Roxanne Kramer Award recipient at the Trinity Health Foundation’s Stylin’ Against Breast Cancer luncheon and style show at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.
Founded in August 2003, Midwest Hope & Healing provides support, hope and nonmedical healing to all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients in the area.
It consists of five women: Colleen Borts, Linda Watson, Marcia Youngvorst and Cindy Jones, all of Moline, and Laura Danay of Rock Island.
After losing her mother in 2001, Borts decided to dedicate her free time to inspiring and encouraging recently diagnosed women with heartfelt mementos. Danay and Watson are original founding partners.
The organization annually supplies 150-200 “healing baskets” filled with supplies and materials developed specifically for breast cancer patients. They also receive a personal letter from Watson — a breast cancer survivor herself. Requests for the baskets come from physician offices, the Always a Woman boutique in downtown Moline and the Trinity Cancer Center.
The award is named for Roxanne Kramer, also a breast cancer survivor, who owns the boutique that specializes in wigs, head wear and specialty bras, and fits breast prostheses for survivors. She also helped found a support group and devotes many hours to coordinating the style show fundraiser.