Small Business Supports Local Cancer Patients


















Through her small business Jewelry For A Cause, Brenda Montana raises funds for local causes near and dear to her heart. This October, Brenda held a special Facebook live show of Papparazi Jewelry for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From this sale, she donated $100 to the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at UPMC Northwest to help local patients battling cancer. She is passionate about supporting cancer patients because she lost her mother to the disease and watched her sister-in-law go through treatment. Brenda, a resident of Leeper, started Jewelry For A Cause three years ago to help others in her community. Her donation to the Cancer Center will go a long way to helping patients in their recovery. Thank you, Brenda!

If you would like to host a fundraiser on behalf of the Northwest Hospital Foundation, please contact Executive Director Theresa Edder at or call 814-676-7145.

Pumpkins for Patients Winner

The winner of the Pumpkins for Patients contest is the SpongeBob pumpkin painted by Serria Amis and Anna Bish. Serria and Anna are both students of the UPMC Northwest School of Radiology. After graduation next year, Serria plans to continue her education into radiation therapy and medical dosimetry. Anna looks forward to becoming an x-ray tech after graduating in 2025. They each received $25 VISA gift cards courtesy of Franklin-Oil Region Credit Union. Congratulations to Serria and Anna and thank you to all the radiology students who painted pumpkins!

Because over 400 votes were cast during the contest, Franklin-Oil Region Credit Union has donated $250 to our Holiday Presents for Patients program which provides small gifts for patients at UPMC Northwest. Thank you, Franklin-Oil Region Credit Union and everyone who voted!

Pink Pumpkins for UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at UPMC Northwest

Megan Miller, Practice Manager of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at UPMC Northwest; Dr. Shannon Penland, MD, Hematology Oncology and Medical Oncology at UPMC Northwest; Tanya Bain, Sales Manager of Seven Mountains Media Franklin office; and Theresa Edder, Executive Director of the Northwest Hospital Foundation

Seven Mountains Media and Northwest Hospital Foundation joined together for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise funds for the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at UPMC Northwest. With the help of several local businesses, nearly $900 was raised to support those locally battling cancer.

Throughout the month of October, participating businesses displayed pink pumpkins which they encouraged their customers to sign. Customers were also able to make a monetary donation to help meet patient needs.

Participating businesses included Anderson Furniture, Career Concepts, Polk Main Street Market, Oil City Warehouse Mall, All Seasons Temporaries, The Dive Bar Hydration and Wellness Lounge, Marsh Home Center, and Shambaugh Towing.

For more information about the Northwest Hospital Foundation, please contact Theresa Edder, Executive Director by calling 814-676-7145 or emailing

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