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Beacon and From Our Hearts merge

January 24, 2019
Special to The Eagle ( , Pine Island Eagle

Two very important Island organizations have combined forces to better serve the residents of Pine Island.

From Our Hearts has joined the Beacon of HOPE with the aim of allowing both groups to improve the quality and scope of services they provide for Breast Cancer Care.

Betsy Haesemeyer, Beacon of HOPE executive director, said she feels the merger "allows each organization to concentrate on their individual skills. The Beacon providing excellent administrative support and case management while From Our Hearts brings very effective fund raising and breast cancer awareness."

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The Beacon of HOPE and From Our Hearts boards at the meeting to discuss the merger of the two island organizations.


"Our mission remains to support breast health for Pine Island residents", said Karen Washburn, chairperson of the From Our Hearts advisory committee. "We will continue to work with Partners for Breast Cancer Care and Lee Cancer Care for screening and treatment."

As part of the Beacon of HOPE, From Our Hearts will now be able to help with medical needs not covered through Partners for Breast Cancer Care or Lee Health such as medications and palliative care.

Beacon board member Lucy Garcia said, "I'm excited about my new role as liaison between From Our Hearts and our board. Having worked with both organizations for many years, I can say that this merger will greatly enhance services to Pine Island residents."



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