Asheville Yoga Center to Support The Hope Chest for Women

Asheville Yoga Center is shining a ray of hope for women in our community who are battling cancer by supporting The Hope Chest for Women, a local nonprofit.

As of Oct. 1, there will be donation boxes in AYC’s studio and boutique locations for monetary contributions. On Thursday, Oct. 26, 10 percent of drop-in and community-class sales will be donated to provide direct financial assistance to local women undergoing breast or gynecologic cancer treatments.

“For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are excited to support The Hope Chest for Women and increase awareness of the inspiring women in our community battling cancer,” said Melissa Pennscott, General Manager for AYC. “We invite everyone in the community to join us and share the love of yoga on October 26.”

The hard costs of cancer treatments can amount to tens-of-thousands of dollars in debt — even for individuals who have health insurance. The Hope Chest for Women was created to ease this burden, and help eliminate the need for women to choose between undergoing cancer treatments and providing for their families.

“No one asks to have cancer,” said Pat Fugate Hock, public relations coordinator for The Hope Chest for Women. “And no one should have to worry about paying their bills after being diagnosed. Our mission at The Hope Chest for Women is to see that no woman needs to worry about eviction, foreclosure, or an inability to pay electric bills while they are fighting their personal battle with cancer.”

In addition to organic fundraising efforts, The Hope Chest for Women educates WNC residents on the importance of cancer screening and early detection, provides community outreach to patients, and hosts the annual Here’s Hope Fashion Show & Luncheon to raise funds and awareness for the needs of local women.

The Fifth Annual Here’s Hope event will take place at the Asheville Event Centre on Oct. 21. For more information about The Hope Chest for Women and the Fifth Annual Here’s Hope Event, contact Pat Fugate Hock at 828-708-3017.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.