Long Beach restaurant, Simmzy’s Pub, hosted its 2nd Annual “10 Days for Tatas” event and donated a portion of the sales, from specific pink menu items, to the Women Guiding Women: Cancer Support & Education Program at
Long Beach Memorial. Women Guiding Women matches a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient with a mentor that has gone through a similar experience.
“We chose to donate the proceeds of the ‘10 Days for Tatas’ event to the Women Guiding Women program because support, encouragement and friendship seem to make such an impact on those diagnosed with breast cancer, and the peer-mentors of Long Beach Memorial do just that,” says Coleen Liebzeit, manager, Simms restaurant group. “There are people within our Simmzy’s family – teammates and guests – that have been affected by breast cancer and we want to do our part to support not only the members of our Simmzy’s family, but also our loyal guests who have become part of our family.
A pleasant change from last year’s fundraising efforts, this year the Simms restaurant group decided to include a couple of its other restaurants in the mix. Manhattan Beach restaurants, Tin Roof Bistro and the original Simmzy’s also participated in the “10 Days for Tatas” event this year which helped boost the amount of money raised to a total of $3,596, nearly double last year’s amount.
Community fundraisers like Simmzy’s “10 Days for Tatas” allow the Women Guiding Women program to continue teaching peer-mentors how to navigate newly diagnosed patients through treatment and recovery. Each specially trained mentor is a cancer survivor willing to share her journey with women about to go through a similar experience.
“It’s powerful for a newly diagnosed woman to talk to a survivor,” says Randal Snyder, co-manager, Women Guiding Women, MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute, Long Beach Memorial. “The mentors promote optimism during a difficult time in the mentees’ life.”
The Women Guiding Women: Cancer Support and Education Program at the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute offers newly diagnosed women with breast cancer a much needed support system, regardless of their financial means or where they are receiving treatment.