The Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Lydia Reid, former Mansfield Mayor and breast cancer survivor, Nikki Harless, Executive Director Richland County Children Services, and Dave Kracker, Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund Founder discuss the Fund’s past and future at Patty’s Park, located at Richland County Children Services on Sterkel Blvd

The Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund has now helped Richland County women fight breast cancer for 25 years! The public is invited to celebrate with them at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, July 14th from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Westbrook Country Club.

The Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund was established by Dave Kracker in 1996 in memory of his wife Pat, who died of breast cancer on her 61st birthday. Dave is a past Executive Director of the Richland County Children Services. Patty’s Park, a special sitting/play area used for the families having on-site visits with their children in placement, was established by the staff at Richland County Children Services.

Patty’s Park landscaping and it’s custom-made bench was supplied by family friend, Dave Bell of Bellwood Nursery. “Breast cancer is a disease that affects many of us in Richland County,” says Founder Dave Kracker. “The Fund helps Richland County women ‘before’ and ‘when’ breast cancer strikes.”

The Fund helps pay for breast cancer screening, required follow up diagnostic services, and unexpected costs associated with breast cancer.

The Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund has a strong support network. “The Fund could not operate without Richland County businesses and residents who raise funds and donate each year,” says Rhonda Breit, Chairperson, and breast cancer survivor. “They share their profits and/or raise money through special events, or donate individually.”

The Fund’s Committee, many who are breast cancer survivors, serve as liaisons to breast cancer patients and survivors and donate time to help with fund raising activities.

The Fund’s corporate affiliate relationships help broaden breast cancer education, support, and financial assistance to Richland County residents. This includes the Richland County media who help promote the Fund’s public awareness campaign to “get those mammies grammed.”

“Richland County is a better place to live because of the Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund,” says Lydia Reid, former Mayor of Mansfield and breast cancer survivor. Rhonda Breit adds, “Join us for our ribbon cutting to commemorate an important milestone as we continue to move forward.”

Contact Rhonda Breit at 419-610-4877 for additional information about the ribbon cutting ceremony or the Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund. Westbrook Country Club; 1098 Springmill Street; Mansfield Wednesday, July 14th, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Refreshments provided by Westbrook.

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