Pretty In Pink Foundation Exceeds Hike for Hope Fund-raising Goal By Nearly 20 Percent

L-R: Penny Lauricella, exec. director, and Dr. Lisa Tolnitch, founder at the "Hike for Hope"
L-R: Penny Lauricella, exec. director, and Dr. Lisa Tolnitch, founder at the "Hike for Hope"

October 5, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Pretty In Pink Foundation’s inaugural “Hike for Hope,” held in Cary, NC, last month, raised nearly $12,000 when final pledges were tallied on September 30th.  Hike day began with the threat of rain, but the skies cleared by mid-morning and 268 participants showed up to show their support for Pretty In Pink Foundation.

The Hike for Hope was a family-oriented, non-competitive event in which participants hiked along a variety of trails at Cary’s Fred Bond Park to raise money to help Pretty In Pink Foundation continue its mission of providing financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients in North Carolina. The day included a variety of vendors, refreshments, and entertainment.  Pretty In Pink’s founder and chairperson, Dr. Lisa Tolnitch, was among the hikers along the two-mile trail.

“We are thrilled at the overwhelming community support and equally thrilled about exceeding our fundraising goal,” said Penny Lauricella, the non-profit foundation’s executive director.  “Pretty In Pink Foundation is committed to stretching every dollar and making it go as far as it can to help the underinsured and uninsured as much as possible.  Several participants shared their personal stories of breast cancer survivorship; some even wore survivor tee-shirts during the hike. We were all encouraged by the overwhelming enthusiasm”

About Pretty In Pink Foundation:

Pretty In Pink Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial resources for uninsured and underinsured North Carolinians who are diagnosed with breast cancer and have limited financial means. Founded in 2004 by Dr. Lisa Tolnitch, a breast cancer surgeon, Pretty In Pink Foundation is positioned to have a point of presence in every state by 2020. Committed to providing hope, health and healing, Pretty In Pink Foundation has a growing network of healthcare professionals and quality of life partners. For more information on fundraising events, ways to help and how to become a volunteer, visit the website at , or join the Pretty In Pink Foundation Fan page on

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