by SC Publisher Shannen Hayes
The City of Sanibel recognized the 40th anniversary of Community Housing and Resources, founded in 1979 to provide affordable housing in the community. Mayor Kevin Ruane read a proclamation alongside several supporters and CHR staff on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the city council meeting subsequent to a reception at City Hall.
“It gives me great honor to (read) this,” said Ruane. The proclamation read, in part, “Since December 1983, the City of Sanibel, via a contractual agreement with CHR, purports to support our joint mission to provide diversity and affordable homes for our community.”
CHR is a non-profit agency with 74 rental units and 14 ownership units in 11 locations throughout Sanibel. The program serves families and individuals who work full-time on the island or are long-time retired or disabled residents of Sanibel. CHR encourages its residents to be community oriented, from volunteerism to helping with various handyman projects around its properties.
Its executive director for the past two years, Melissa Rice, applauded the tremendous support the organization has received from the city and community throughout the past four decades. CHR Board President Steven Brown added that everyone is involved with CHR for a different reason. “For me, it’s the diversification; to keep this island diversified and that is one of the things CHR allows us to do.”
Let’s Pink Out Raises Breast Cancer Awareness
In a second proclamation during the city council meeting, the 8th annual Let’s Pink Out Celebration for Life Picnic Lunch was recognized. The event was founded by breast cancer survivor and island resident Mary Bondurant to help fund mammograms and cancer related needs for the uninsured. It’s co-sponsored by the Sanibel Fire Rescue District.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s the most common cancer among women in the country, with approximately one in eight women developing invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women, along with more than 60,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
While many people are aware of breast cancer, most forget to take the necessary steps to detect it in its early stages. When it is detected early, the five-year relative survival rate is 100 percent, according to NBCF. There will be a Mobile Mammo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Sanibel Fire Rescue District, 2351 Palm Ridge Rd.
The Let’s Pink Out event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Sanibel Fire Rescue District on Palm Ridge Road. There will be food provided by Cip’s Place and raffle items from local businesses with the drawing at 1 p.m. There will also be Bagging for Mammos on Saturdays throughout October at Bailey’s General Store, which all tips collected will support the cause.
“It is great to hear the behind-the-scenes stories on where the money has gone, from providing assistance for mammograms to assistance for rides to Moffit (Cancer Research Center) in Tampa,” said Bondurant. “The money stays here on Sanibel and that’s the most important thing. We thank you all for your support.”