Woman's Club assembles care packages for mastectomy patients
Published 5:55 pm, Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Westport Woman's Club recently partnered with Necessities Inc. for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to provide over 75 Necessities Bags filled with information and supplies for women facing the challenges of mastectomy and reconstruction.
Necessities is a nonprofit organization founded by breast cancer survivor Maureen Lutz that assembles bags containing information, wound care supplies and personal items for hygiene and comfort for mastectomy patients.
Necessities delivers more than 100 bags a month to nurses and doctors to be given to patients for free before mastectomy, according to Lisa Turnick, a Fairfield resident and Necessities volunteer who organizes bag packing events, oversees the storage facility and helps with monthly distribution. The bags cost about $50 each to put together, she said.
The Westport Woman's Club, organized in 1907, is a nonprofit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.