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Local Breast Cancer Patients, Families Benefit from ATV Donation


An area nonprofit organization has a lot more money to help families in the Ozarks because of a gift from a local business.  Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks held a presentation this afternoon to thank Honda of the Ozarks for a gift.

The business donated two Honda ATVs to BCFO in October that generated more than $25,000 for the foundation.  One was auctioned off at an event last month, and the other was given away in a raffle. 

Jason Gomez, assistant executive director of BCFO, said the organization covers 31 counties in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

"We provide financial help to folks  that need help with their normal living expenses.  We don't pay any medical bills.  We basically will cover families' mortgage payments, rent, car payments," he said.

They also have a children’s fund, he said, for things like Christmas gifts, music lessons and shoes.  The goal is to keep life as normal as possible for families while a member is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

The organization has helped more than 2000 families impacted by breast cancer since it started in 2000. 

For more information about BCFO, click here.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.