This month’s Women Helping Women events at Kenmure Country Club will raise funds needed to keep this life-saving program thriving and growing with a dinner on October 25, and a luncheon on October 26. With the help of generous sponsors, donors, and dinner and luncheon attendees, Pardee Hospital Foundation is working to raise more than $100,000 this year.
“Women Helping Women has made a significant impact in this community in the last 15 years,” says Kimerly Hinkelman, Pardee Hospital Foundation’s executive director. “Thanks in large part to Pardee Hospital’s nationally recognized cancer center, the survival rate for breast cancer in Henderson County has risen from one of the lowest in the state to one of the highest. Given the increasing number of uninsured patients over the last few years, the community’s support of Women Helping Women has never been more important.”
The theme of this year’s luncheon is ‘The Healing Power of Humor.’ Speaker Susan Sparks, the first female pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Manhattan, will talk about the moral support she received during her journey with breast cancer and the powerful impact of humor. Sparks, who grew up in Brevard N.C., has also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, served with Mother Theresa, worked as a Manhattan trial lawyer, earned a living as a stand-up comedian and has been featured in national publications and broadcasts.
Sponsorship opportunities for Women Helping Women are still available as well as tickets to the dinner ($125). For more information, please call Pardee Hospital Foundation at (828) 696-4666 or send an email to
Since its inception in 1998, Pardee Hospital Foundation’s Women Helping Women program has raised more than $1.6 million to provide life-enhancing medical care to nearly 1,000 patients with no health insurance or access to treatments and screenings for breast cancer and other devastating diseases.