/////Ashley County Women Raise $26,000 for Cancer Programs at UAMS
Ashley County Women Raise $26,000 for Cancer Programs at UAMS 2018-01-05T09:21:03+00:00

Jan. 9, 2008 | For the third year in a row, a group of Ashley County women had a special reason to make the two-hour trip to Little Rock.


The six women representing the nonprofit group Ashley County Cares recently visited the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to present a donation of $26,000 for breast cancer prevention, screening and research. The donation was received by Peter Emanuel, M.D., executive director of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, and Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., associate professor of surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine and the director of Cancer Control.


“We started in 2005 with a handful of women who wanted to do something to help in the fight against breast cancer,” said Donna Shields of Ashley County Cares. “In three years our donation has gone up from $8,000 to $26,000.”


The funds were raised through several activities in 2007 organized by the group of women, whose membership totals 17. Events included the annual dinner and auction, a T-shirt sale, “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” rodeo night sponsored by the Wrangler, and the Elaine and Morgan Outlaw Annual Trail Ride, among others. The group also raised more than $1,000 in memorials and honorariums.


Representing Ashley County Cares at the check presentation were Elaine Outlaw, Donna Shields, Lummye Courson, Emmie Kinnaird, Merlyn Higginbotham, Judy Blankenship and Bernice Nelms.