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Model Lacey Sayre struts down the runway at the Memorial Health Foundation 18th annual Hollywood Nights Fashion Show. The event raised a record $128,931 in donations. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — The Memorial Health Foundation’s 18th annual Hollywood Nights Fashion Show raised a record in donations.

The show raised $128,931 to support local cancer patients. Presented by Eramet, the fashion show was held April 28 at the Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center at Marietta College and was attended by more than 700 people.

“We are thrilled with the outpouring of support from the community. This event broke records, and we are grateful to everyone who made it possible,” Jarrett Stull, executive director of Memorial Health Foundation, said. “All proceeds from the fashion show will benefit local cancer center patients and help them maintain their quality of life and continuity of care.”

The fashion show featured models who have undergone or are being treated for cancer at the Belpre Cancer Center. These brave individuals displayed courage, resilience and positivity on the runway, inspiring hope and healing in the hearts of all attendees, Stull said.

“It was very empowering to see the community, oncologists, doctors, nurses, and attendees cheer us on as we walked the runway,” Matt Hill, one of the models who walked the runway during the show, said. “It was an amazing evening, and being able to connect with other cancer patients and being able to have that time to get to know them and bond was truly special.”

Model Matthew Hill struts down the runway at the Memorial Health Foundation 18th annual Hollywood Nights Fashion Show. (Photo Provided)

Lacey Sayre, another model, echoed Hill’s sentiments.

“I had an amazing time. Seeing Dr. Cawley (an oncologist at Belpre Cancer Center) dancing and cheering on the models was great,” Sayre said. “There are not many oncologists who would be doing that. I was able to walk the runway with my son, and that was a very special moment for me as well.”

Memorial Health System is committed to providing exceptional care to the community, regardless of financial need. The support and dedication shown by the medical professionals to their patients was evident during the recent Fashion Show event. The event not only raised a substantial amount of money for the Cancer Center Patient Emergency and Breast Health Funds, but it also brought the community and medical professionals together to show their unwavering support for those affected by cancer.

“The $128,931 raised from the 18th annual Memorial Health Foundation Fashion Show will go toward the Cancer Center Patient Emergency and Breast Health Funds, which support eligible patients maintain their quality of life and continuity of care,” Stull said. “This assistance includes, but is not limited to, transportation to and from appointments, prescribed medications, necessary dental care, screening mammograms, and free wigs for patients experiencing hair loss due to treatment. The impact of this event on the lives of cancer patients in our community cannot be overstated. For many of these individuals, the financial burden of cancer treatment can be overwhelming, causing them to choose between paying for basic necessities and accessing life-saving care. The Cancer Center Patient Emergency and Breast Health Funds provide crucial support to ensure that patients can focus on their treatment and recovery without added stress or financial strain.”

Memorial Health Foundation encourages anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or is currently undergoing treatment to consider receiving care at Memorial Health System, which provides world-class care right at home, regardless of a patient’s financial situation. To contribute to Memorial Health Foundation or to learn more about how helping, go to mhsystem.org/foundation or contact the Memorial Health Foundation at (740) 374-4913.

Memorial Health Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a healthier community through education, special patient assistance funds, charity care, state-of-the-art medical equipment and funding to areas where the need is greatest throughout the Memorial Health System and the community.

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