My name is Shelby Petonak, I am a senior at Pine-Richland High School and am proudly partnering with AHN to fundraise for the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute (AHNCI) Pillows for Patients Program to support Breast Cancer Survivors. We officially launched the program in fall 2019 and with the support of my family, friends, school and community, over $7,000 has been raised.
But I don’t want to stop there.
My goal is to give a pillow to every AHN breast cancer patient who recently had a mastectomy to help in their recovery.
The story behind why I care so deeply about raising funds and awareness for the Pillows for Patients Program is; The Sunday day before Labor Day 2017, my mom was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer and the diagnosis rocked our tight-knit family.
Between my dad, siblings, the Pine-Richland cheerleading families, and the doctors and nurses at AHN, my mom had a reliable support team to help her recover. But one object helped to support her physically after surgery: a heart-shaped pillow designed especially for mastectomy patients.
The Axillapilla® by Masthead® comfortably supports the axilla (underarm) and other sensitive areas post-surgery and helps to relieve underarm pressure so breast cancer survivors can relax their arms without pain or wear a seatbelt comfortably during a long car ride.
These pillows are something functional that patients can actually use and make the whole process a little easier, and a little more comforting.
100% of your donations will go towards the AHN Pillows for Patients Program and support the recovery of breast cancer patients.
Thank you for your support!