Pink Fund celebrates milestone with keepsake fundraiser

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 5, 2015

 Birmingham resident and cancer survivor Cynthia Eyres Lutz models the “Hydrangeas” scarf, to benefit The Pink Fund.

Birmingham resident and cancer survivor Cynthia Eyres Lutz models the “Hydrangeas” scarf, to benefit The Pink Fund.

Photo provided by Kathleen Kennedy Ferris

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BEVERLY HILLS — Beverly Hills’ own Molly MacDonald has a million reasons to celebrate this month.

MacDonald is known in the community not only as a breast cancer survivor, but as the founder of The Pink Fund, a nonprofit that provides 90 days of nonmedical financial assistance to breast cancer patients in active treatment. It’s been nearly 10 years since she founded the organization, after experiencing financial hardships during her own cancer treatment.

Now, a decade after her battle with cancer, MacDonald announced that as of this month, The Pink Fund has distributed more than $1 million in bill payments to nearly a thousand patients.

“Ten years ago, when I started the organization that became The Pink Fund, the million-dollar mark in financial support was a far-off goal,” said MacDonald in an email. “That we have accomplished it in just eight years, since our first grant in 2007, is a gift (of) help and hope to all the women, men and families we have served. We hope to be able to report that we have given another million in the next couple of years.”

With no intentions of slowing down now, The Pink Fund has partnered with Birmingham photographer Laurie Tennent, who herself is a breast cancer survivor and a Ford Warriors in Pink Model of Courage. She’s created a couture scarf featuring one of her original botanical designs, called “Hydrangeas.” The 24- by 57-inch oblong georgette scarf is made in Michigan and is available on Tennent’s website, just in time for Mother’s Day.

For every $70 scarf sold, $20 will be donated to The Pink Fund. Tennent said she’s glad to be able to help the organization that helped her in her time of need.

“It was an awakening to find out how I was going to be affected financially,” said Tennent of her diagnosis. “After volunteering for so many years for The Pink Fund, I was so surprised The Pink Fund was going to help me. I so believe in its mission that offers real help now.”

The “Hydrangeas” scarf and other Botanical Couture designs are available at www.laurietennentbotanicals.com.

For more information on The Pink Fund, visit www.thepinkfund.org.

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