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Annual Bra Auction Raises Approximately $20,000 For Men, Women, And Children With All Types Of Cancer Throughout 6 Counties


The 11th Annual Best Kept Secret Bra Auction had another successful year, raising approximately $20,000 for the Cancer Coalition Aid Fund (CCAF), which is housed at the Foundation for Community Care. The CCAF is part of the Montana Comprehensive Cancer Program that serves Richland, Dawson, McCone, Prairie, Fallon, and Wibaux counties and provides financial assistance to help with living and other expenses for those going through cancer treatments. The CCAF has helped patients from other counties, such as Williams, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley, and McKenzie that have received treatment at the Sidney Cancer center. The CCAF isn’t specific to breast cancer patients, in fact anyone who is battling any type of cancer may apply to receive assistance from this fund. It has helped with 28 different types of cancer including bone, lung, prostate, colorectal, esophageal.

In 2015, the CCAF gave $34,250 to residents who qualified throughout the six counties and that have received cancer treatments at the Sidney Health Center- Cancer Care and has so far given $8,000 in 2016.

More than 40 bras were generously donated for the live auction by businesses, families, individuals, and organizations and additional items were donated for the silent auction. Several inspirational donations were made in honor or memory of loved ones who have been affected by different types of cancer. The emotional evening lacked nothing in terms of fun and entertainment, as auctioneer Rick Kniepkamp had the audience rolling as he good-naturedly teased the bra-walkers and interacted with the attendants. Singer and songwriter Josh Kehr gave a moving performance following the auction.

A special thank you goes out to everyone who supported cancer care services in the MonDak including Rick Kniepkamp- RK Auctioneer Services, the Ranger Lounge, The Roundup Newspaper, Eagle 93, the Foundation for Community Care, the Richland County Health Department, Cancer Coalition members, Chase Verschoot and Howard Rambur who assisted with the auction, bra-walkers Charity Schmierer, Suzann Radke, Johanna Bunn, and Meagan Dotson, as well as everyone who donated items, funding, and time, and to the community members who turned out for the evening and ultimately made the event a success!


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