Throughout October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, lake-area businesses showed their support for Lake Regional Cancer Center patients.

Throughout October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, lake-area businesses showed their support for Lake Regional Cancer Center patients.

Through events and donations, businesses raised financial support for Lake Regional Cancer Center’s HOPE program. The HOPE program is completely funded by community donations and provides support for qualifying cancer patients.

The Camdenton R-III varsity volleyball team hosted its annual Dig Pink game on Sept. 29. Freshmen, junior varsity and varsity team members sold nearly 450 Dig Pink shirts, plus held a silent auction and raffle, to raise $5,200.

Ronnie’s Tuesday Dance at the Camdenton Senior Center held a special dance to support local breast cancer patients Oct. 11 and raised $250.

Tamara’s Fireballs, a Zumba Fitness class at the Osage Beach YMCA, sold T-shirts and held a mini Zumbathon “Dance for the Cure” on Oct. 21 to raise $500. Carly Johnson, a Camdenton seventh grader, contributed to the fundraising.

Culligan Lake of the Ozarks donated 25 cents for every bag of salt sold throughout the month of October and raised $907.75.

Friends of Michael’s Steak Chalet held a silent auction and accepted donations while Don and Suzy Ackers performed Oct. 13 to raise $1,750.

Moulder’s Mud Run sold T-shirts to raise a total of $536. Moulder’s Mud Run is held in honor of Cindy Walker, who passed away from cancer in 2013. She was married to Bill Walker.

Bella Donna Salon of Osage Beach donated proceeds from pink paraffin hand treatments and pink hair extensions. In addition, $1 was donated for every female client who had her picture taken in a pink wig, and $2 for every male client who did the same. Together, the salon and clients donated $900. In addition, the salon teamed up with Baxter’s Lakeside Grille. Bar manager Bernie Otzenberger dyed his beard and hair pink and collected donations, and bartender Risa Wernsing wore a pink wig. They collected $1,445.

Panera Bread of Osage Beach donated 25 cents for each signature Pink Ribbon Bagel sold during October and donated $140.

Spa Shiki held a wellness weekend for Breast Cancer Awareness and collected $125.

The seventh annual Totes for Ta-Tas, held at Inn at Grand Glaize Nov. 7, raised $8,300.

“Lake Regional is so grateful to have the support of such a caring community,” said Terri Hall, director of Fund Development at Lake Regional. “Much of what we do to help our patients wouldn’t be possible without support like this.”

Lake Regional Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care close to home for lake-area residents. To learn more, visit www.lakeregional.com/CancerCare.

To make a donation to the HOPE program, contact Terri Hall at 573-348-8153.