Pardee Hospital Foundation’s 2012 Women Helping Women campaign raised more than $130,000 to help patients who cannot afford vital health care treatments and screenings at Pardee Hospital.
More than 300 supporters attended the 2012 Women Helping Women Dinner on Thursday night or the 15th Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon Friday afternoon at Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock. Two new Women of Hope were honored and will be added to the impactful Women of Hope portrait display at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center: Dana Carpenter and Jean Faulkner.
Dana Carpenter of Hendersonville is a retired financial planner who has been a survivor of colon cancer since 1989. Last year she suddenly discovered she had heart disease. She had a successful quadruple bypass and valve surgery but it was complicated when a cracked sternum caused by advanced osteoporosis required a second surgery. She praises her medical care at Pardee Hospital. Today Carpenter is well healed and living life to the fullest. She serves as a Deacon and leads the Newcomers Class at First Presbyterian Church, serves as the activities chairperson on Lake Pointe Landing’s Residents Council, takes Yoga classes and enjoys a full social life and travel. “I love life and I believe my challenge is to live as long and as well as I am able to. I love to be a blessing to others,” said Dana Carpenter.
Jean Faulkner, is a Hendersonville native who was born in Pardee Hospital and worked as an obstetrics nurse for more than 30 years. Despite having no risk factors, staying fit and playing tennis regularly, Faulkner was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. She praises her team of Pardee physicians and Pardee Breast Care Navigator, Kristy Capps, for coordinating her breast cancer surgery and follow-up care. She is thankful for the support she received from her husband, family, friends and her church family at United Methodist Church during her journey back to health. “I was amazed at how many people embraced me. Women from my church that had breast cancer 30 years ago found me and embraced me,” Faulkner says. “Let other people help you. Don’t try to do it yourself. Stay positive and look on the bright side.”
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 $1.6 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.