Pardee Hospital Foundation's 2013 Women Helping Women campaign raised more than $140,000 to help patients who cannot afford vital health care treatments and screenings at Pardee Hospital.
More than 400 supporters attended the 2013 Women Helping Women Dinner or the 16th Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon on October 24th and 25th, at Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock. Marcia Caserio was honored as the 2013 Woman of Hope. Her portrait will join the past award recipients, on display at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center. Incorporated into her picture are her words of encouragement, "We all pass through moments of uncertainty in life. Embrace the stillness. Give yourself the freedom to rely on others. Live in the light. And know that one day, it will be your turn to help."
Marcia has served as the President of both the Pardee Hospital Foundation and the Pardee Board of Directors, was Regional Director of the education outreach for Western Carolina University and developed a healthy aging educational program, the Great Life Series. In 1988, Marcia was a key creator of the first Women helping Women event. Marcia has been a part of the community for over 30 years. She and her husband are the parents of three children.
In the fall of 2011, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having recuperated from surgery and other treatment, she continues her work in the community as Vice President and board member of Carolina Village, the newly formed Flat Rock Parks Foundation and as a lector at Immaculate Conception Church.
Henderson County's breast cancer rate was one of the state's highest in 1998 when Women Helping Women was founded by a group of compassionate and concerned women. Working hand-in- hand with Pardee Hospital Foundation, they started Women Helping Women to raise funds for women who couldn't afford to pay for breast cancer screenings and women's health treatments.
Today the program has grown to include financial assistance to patients who are uninsured or underinsured and need health care for breast and other women's cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis and other life-threatening illnesses. More than $1.8 million has been raised and nearly 1,000 patients have been helped. Henderson County now has one of the state's highest breast cancer survival rates. For information about the Pardee Hospital Foundation, or to make a donation, please call (828) 696- 4666.