A Community Bares it All for Breast Cancer, Raising Over $5,000 for Magee

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Mindy Knappenberger is no stranger to fundraising. As the executive director of Armstrong County Community Foundation, raising money is her job. In January 2007, Ms. Knappenberger was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her immediate thoughts were how she could use this experience to raise money and involve her small rural community in Armstrong County.

Knowing that she would soon lose her hair because of chemotherapy, she established her own unique fundraiser, "Mindy's No Hair Day." This event enlisted friends and family of Ms. Knappenberger's to collect money and shave their heads to raise money to fight breast cancer. "Mindy's No Hair Day" exceeded its original goal of $5,000 by raising $5,300 for breast cancer research at Magee.

"Since my surgery experience at Magee was nothing but positive, I decided to give the donation to the Magee-Womens Foundation to support breast cancer research. Every person I encountered was supportive and caring, especially my surgeon Dr. Marguerite Bonaventura and her assistants Pat and KellyLee," said Ms. Knappenberger. "I hope my experience will encourage others that even though cancer is devastating, good can come out of the experience, and you can use your situation to help others."

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