A Silver Lining Foundation chairman Dr. Sandy Goldberg exudes Southern charm, but she doesn’t sugarcoat the truth. So when she states it’s harder than ever to find the money to help people fight breast cancer, the Chicago Wolves are inspired to help.
“For the first time, we have people in queue for screening,” Dr. Sandy said. “There are women and men who need tests to save their lives. We have more than 400 women in line to get a screening mammogram. I know there are cancers here. It’s making me nuts.”
And it’s making the Chicago Wolves and their fans swing into action. This marks the eighth year the Chicago Wolves and A Silver Lining Foundation have worked together to raise money for ASLF’s “Buy A Mom A Mammogram” program.
“One of the key things is we know the money we’re raising is making an impact,” said Wolves senior vice president of operations Courtney Mahoney. “We really feel strongly that way with A Silver Lining Foundation. Our fans have really embraced the concept of, if you’re spending $175, it’s the cost of a mammogram. It’s amazing to know exactly how you’re helping.”
The Wolves are hosting two events next week: The Stick It To Breast Cancer fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 23, at Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Restaurant and Pub in Arlington Heights and Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Saturday, Oct. 28, as part of the Wolves’ 7 p.m. game against the Milwaukee Admirals at Allstate Arena.
Monday’s event at Peggy Kinnane’s offers an optimal opportunity to spend quality time with a group of Wolves players. For a $30 donation, fans get to enjoy an evening of light appetizers and drinks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the Wolves’ Beau Bennett, Bryce Gervais, Max Lagace, Petteri Lindbohm and Scooter Vaughan.
On Breast Cancer Awareness Night, the Wolves are selling Survivor Sticks that offer fans the opportunity to celebrate and honor the breast cancer survivors in their lives.
For a donation of $175, which covers the cost of a mammogram, a fan receives a Survivor Stick and gets to choose the Wolves player who uses it during the Oct. 28 game. The fan also gets to choose the survivor’s name that the Wolves player inscribes on the stick. After the game, the purchaser receives the Survivor Stick and takes a professional portrait with the player. Only a handful of sticks remain available and must be purchased by Oct. 27. Each purchaser also receives two tickets to the game.
To reserve a spot at Monday’s event at Peggy Kinnane’s or to purchase a Survivor Stick, please visit ChicagoWolvesStore.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES. Proceeds from these events benefit A Silver Lining Foundation — and Dr. Sandy appreciates every dollar.
“This has been an extraordinarily challenging year,” she said. “We don’t take state or federal funding. All of our funding is from corporation grants and private donors like the Wolves and their fans. We help everybody — uninsured, underinsured, undocumented. I feel very strongly about inequity.
“At the (reduced) rate we’ve negotiated with hospitals, it would take $55,000 to help everybody in the queue. We know statistically that, unfortunately, 30 percent are going to need more care. It will take approximately $125,000 to clear the queue. Thank you to everyone who helps. You have no idea how much it means.”