Old Town Shops team up with Cancer Center to support breast cancer patients

Nov. 24, 2010

The Old Town Shops, located in downtown Flagstaff, presented the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare – Flagstaff with a check for more than $4,500. Several businesses in the Old Town Shops donated a portion of their sales proceeds from October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to help support local women battling breast cancer.

“This is the second year we have joined forces with the community and the Cancer Center at Flagstaff Medical Center to help women who are fighting breast cancer,” said Lisa Brink, P.J. Chilcottage. “We are honored to help support these women and we look forward to doing even more in the years to come.”

In addition to the money donated to the Cancer Center, the Old Town Shops and Vora Financial sponsored and hosted Arty Bras at the October First Friday ArtWalk in downtown Flagstaff. Hundreds of people had the opportunity to view decorative bras and artwork celebrating the beauty of all women.

According to Jeff Axtell, director of the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, the funds will be used to directly benefit local cancer patients through the Breast Cancer Resource Center. The Breast Cancer Resource Center provides education, resources and support services for women undergoing treatment. Services include a one-on-one breast surgery preparation class; oncology-certified nurses to help women navigate the healthcare system; post-op garments, breast prosthesis and mastectomy bras; and a comprehensive library with computer access and personalized assistance.

One of the most significant ways the Cancer Center supports breast cancer patients is through the breast health navigator program. Specially trained and certified breast health navigators are available to help women and their families “navigate” through their cancer journey. “Getting a cancer diagnosis can be devastating and overwhelming; as a breast cancer survivor, I can relate to what these women are facing,” said Cathy Thoemmes, R.N. “I am so grateful to the people and businesses like those in the Old Town Shops who show their love and support for breast cancer patients by donating their time and money to help make patients’ journeys just a bit easier. Most every person has been affected on some level by breast cancer and it is wonderful to see people come together to support each other.”

The Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare (CCNAH), located in Flagstaff and Sedona, are devoted to the prevention, early diagnosis and overall improvements in cancer care through advanced technology and individualized care. For more information on services and treatments offered at the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare visit or call 800 854-7744 or 928 773-2261.

Standing left to right:

John Vanlandingham, Old Town Shops; Rick Smith, vice president, FMC Development; Cathy Thoemmes, R.N., CCNAH; Nathan Cain, Black Hound Gallerie; Debbi Nicholls, Basement Marketplace; Nonette Saville, Brookside Chocolate Company; Breena Bronson, Sage Brush Trading Co.; Jeff Axtell, CCNAH.

Kneeling: Nancy Foreman, R.N., CCNAH; Lisa Brink, P.J. Chilcottage