Brew The Cure is a ‘Home Brew’ Oktoberfest fundraiser created to serve local breast cancer fighters, and is being held on Friday, October 14th at the Fountain Square Mall main level atrium and will feature live music from Counterpoint! Brew the Cure honors those who have fought through breast cancer, and money raised assists the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) needs of breast cancer patients dealing with lymphedema. Through partnering with the Olcott Center, IU Health Bloomington Hospital Rehabilitation Services and the Bloomington Hospital Foundation, Brew the Cure proceeds will be utilized by providing initial funding for, or access to, two specific DME’s: 1) lymphedema compression sleeves, and 2) compression bandaging supplies, which are rarely covered by insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.
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The vision for this festival emerged from several related events in our lives.
In the summer of 2012, Dan & Erica Herron moved to Bloomington to begin the process of seeing a new church established for our city. The community they were hoping for is being established here—today we’re known as Hope Presbyterian Church.
Yet, right in the middle of building relationships, learning how to serve others, and seeking to draw closer to God— Erica discovered a lump. In February 2013, she was diagnosed with Stage I Triple Negative Breast Cancer—a particularly nasty form of the disease.
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This effort began as a result of Erica and Dan’s experience, particularly as they experienced the post-treatment concerns of women going through breast cancer and the costs not covered by insurance related to ongoing therapy or potential needs (eg Durable Medical Equipment (DME) such as compression sleeves and bandages). This effort also includes the community of our friends and church who walked with us through Erica’s fight for the past year and a half. Thus, this effort is community-related and led. Last year, our informal party brought 120 guests, and raised over $3000. Our goal is to see this event as an annual fixture, and to see these numbers double in the next year, with potential for even greater growth when/if we decide to make this a publicly advertised event.
As a result, our vision is to be an emotional and practical encouragement to patients who are/or have moved through their fight with breast cancer through meeting concrete needs and helping to grow a network of Bloomington locals with overlapping concern.
The values that have emerged since we began last year include: a) local people honoring and serving breast cancer patients in their fight, b) priority on our place, c) emphasis on after-cancer concerns, d) distributive & relational philanthropy, e) hopeful and celebratory perspective.
As a result of all this, our specific mission, then, is to: “Honor those who have fought through breast cancer, and serve the DME needs of all breast cancer patients through partnering with the Olcott Center, IU Bloomington Hospital Foundation, and IU Bloomington Hospital Therapy Services by providing initial funding for or access to two specific DME’s: 1) compression sleeves, and 2) compression bandaging supplies.
Currently, the primary sponsor of this event is Hope Presbyterian Church. Other sponsors include various individuals donating time and money to the brewing of beer, preparing of food and planning. Our venue, Fountain Square Mall, has been donated by CFC Properties. And, local bands are donating their musical talents. We look forward to this next year when we can focus on expanding donor involvement within the Bloomington community.
How to Donate
You can donate directly and securely to this scholarship fund by clicking on the Donate button on the top right side of the page. This will take you to the Bloomington Hospital Foundation’s online donation page where you can donate securely via paypal. When you donate please mention “Brew The Cure” on the second page of the payment process where it says “Designation”.
Please RSVP by completing the form on the side of this page if you plan on coming so that we can be sure to have enough refreshments. Thanks!
Why: To honor those who have fought through breast cancer, and serve the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) needs of breast cancer patients through partnering with the Olcott Center, Bloomington Hospital Foundation, and IU Health Bloomington Hospital Rehabilitation Services by providing initial funding for, or access to, two specific DME’s: 1) compression sleeves, and 2) compression bandaging supplies.
When: Friday, October 14th
Time: 7:00ish until 10:30ish
Where: Fountain Square Mall main level atrium – 151 West Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404 (Across from the courthouse)
Cost: $20 donation
Fountain Square Mall (main level atrium)
101 West Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47404