Pat Kracker Chairperson

Dave Kracker is the founder of the Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund. Here he is joined by Chairperson Rhonda Breit, (middle) and Patti Kastelic, of the Mansfield Cancer Foundation (right).

MANSFIELD -- Richland County Breast Cancer patients and survivors received more assistance in 2019 than ever before thanks to the combined efforts of the Richland County community and the Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund.

Fund Founder Dave Kracker has proudly reported that the Fund processed over 50 requests for financial assistance to area breast cancer patients and their families in 2019.

“We increased our help 100% over last year and gave out $22,500 in financial aid,” Dave Kracker said.

The Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund fights breast cancer in Richland County. It was established in memory of Pat Kracker, a Richland County resident who lost her battle with breast cancer on her 61st birthday.

“Our ability to help more people in 2019 was due to the phenomenal people of Richland County who committed their time and monies to fight local breast cancer,” said Rhonda Breit, Pat Kracker Chairperson. “Our volunteer advisory committee, fundraising organizations, individual donors, and our local media all contributed to help navigate the tidal wave of emotions and financial pain caused by this deadly disease here in Richland County.”

The Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund attended, spoke, exhibited, and participated in 14 separate Richland County events in 2019. Plus, there were 12 organizations that held fundraisers for the Fund, and multiple individual and organizations who donated to the Fund’s breast cancer fight. The Fund also conducted an early detection campaign with the help of Richland County media.

“We are expecting to make even a greater difference in Richland County in 2020,” Breit said.

For a list of events, fundraisers, donors, or additional information, contact Rhonda Breit at 419-610-4877.

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