Dr. Vincent Scarpinato is known throughout the community as a great surgeon, a talented Little Theatre actor, and an energetic supporter of all efforts to find a cure for breast cancer, so Thursday, he took time from his busy day to stop by Shawnee Animal Clinic in Clay Township to pick up a check for $500, money from the sale of paw prints for the Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, which he founded.
“This is awesome,” Scarpinato said. “We started the Breast Cancer Compassion Fund maybe eight years ago, and the best part about it is that we raised over $60,000 from all our Paint It Pink efforts at the hospital, but this kind of money means more, because it’s local businesses and family members, and our community members did the work and the money goes directly to our patients in this community with breast cancer.”
Tim Wells, co-owner of SAC said the company came up with an idea to raise money for the Compassion Fund, and found it appropriate to sell paw prints.
“We had asked if our clients and our staff would donate and purchase paw prints in memory of a pet that’s deceased or maybe a pet that’s still alive,” Wells said. “So we sold paw prints for just a dollar apiece and we sold 500.”
The Staff gathered at the reception office in honor of the check presentation. Among those in attendance was Dr. Gail Counts, DVM, co-owner.
“When I get a check for $150 from the cheerrleaders, that means so much more to me,” Scarpinato said. “Of course there are still the big fat checks that add up, but this kind of thing is really amazing. I’ve lived here almost 10 years and I’ve been so moved on how local community members have gone out of their way to help support our patients and friends and family members in this community, so this means a great deal to me.”
The fund is supported by donations that are utilized for patient assistance needs such as utilities, medications, transportation and common necessities needed during cancer care.
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