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  • Giselle Smith

Tails & Ta-Tas

Once again, the Hardin County community rallied`together in a remarkable display of generosity and support for the annual Tails & TaTas Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk. The event, which has become a cherished tradition, recently concluded with a heartfelt donation presentation to the Baptist Health Foundation Hardin, underscoring the community’s commitment to local cancer care.

During the check presentation on November 18th, the Tails & TaTas Breast Cancer Awareness Committee handed over a substantial sum of $27,687.06. In a beautiful moment, Marilyn Ford of WesBanco, expressing her penchant for round numbers, graciously contributed an additional $312.94, bringing the total donation to a substantial $28,000.

Fueled by the community’s spirit, the committee engaged in meaningful discussions with representatives from the Cancer Care Center and Radiology/Oncology departments to identify crucial needs. The Cancer Care Center expressed a desire to enhance patient comfort by upgrading infusion chairs in the new pavilion. The goal is to transition from manual recliners to electrically operated chairs with massage and heat options. These improvements will significantly enhance the experience for the over 12,000 patients treated annually.

The Radiology/Oncology department identified a need for a Comfort Marker 2.0 and related supplies. Without painful needle technology, this innovative tool minimizes patient discomfort and leaves a more minor mark during radiation therapy. Pending hospital approval, the funds raised from this year’s run will contribute to purchasing these vital items.

Looking forward, the committee is already planning for the 2024 Tails & TaTas Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Run scheduled for October 12. Registration for the run is set to open soon, and interested participants can sign up at or Businesses are encouraged to explore various sponsorship levels, and inquiries can be directed to for more information.

The community’s ongoing support is vital as all proceeds from the event are designated for the Baptist Health Foundation Hardin, explicitly benefiting the Cancer Care Center, Radiology/Oncology departments, and the Lymphedema Clinic. These funds are crucial in ensuring that local cancer patients receive the care and comfort they deserve.

The Tails & TaTas Breast Cancer Awareness Committee remains proactive in the ever- evolving landscape of cancer treatment. Plans are underway to compile a wish list for future purchases, including a second vein finder, Aquaphor ointment, and supplies for the innovative “tattoo” instrument.

As we reflect on the success of the 2023 Tails & TaTas 5K Run/Walk, let us join hands in anticipation of an even more impactful 2024 event. Together, we can continue to make a

difference in the lives of those battling cancer in our beloved Hardin County.

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