The Pink Ribbon Foundation was founded in 2000 by Ann Marie Foonberg in memory of her grandmother, Virginia Grace Kuhlemeyer, who lost her battle against breast cancer. The Foundation has helped thousands of people with expenses insurance doesn’t cover, including acupuncture, gas, groceries and nutritional supplements.
Through the Foundation, more than 3,400 bags of groceries, 2,800 tanks of gasoline, 2,750 acupuncture treatments and 1,470 nutritionist visits have been donated to patients in need.
“We like seeing the Giveaway help organizations dedicated to spreading their outreach,” said John Ward, president of Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric. “Applewood is confident these funds will truly impact a large group of locals in need.”
“Our most important work is helping men and women get a piece of their life back. There’s always research being done for hopefully finding a cure, although until there is one, we have the Pink Ribbon Foundation,” said Foonberg.
“We help people here and now,” said Foonberg.
The Pink Ribbon Foundation prides itself on a complete volunteer staff. The organization’s employees all were independent volunteers until in 2010, when the decision was made to permanently run the Foundation out of CU Anschutz Cancer Pavilion. Now the staff is comprised of hospital personnel, local partnering organizations and Foundation volunteers.
Local businesses and organizations often partner with the hospital to raise funds in support of the Pink Ribbon Foundation. These funds are sometimes dedicated to surprise spa days at the hospital, treating patients to manicures, pedicures and massages.