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Carol Haw Judy Wagner Mary Curley Chicago celebrate breast cancer survivorship Friday evening Jan. 24 2014 Pink PajamParty Double Tree

Carol Haw, Judy Wagner and Mary Curley of Chicago celebrate breast cancer survivorship Friday evening, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Pink Pajama Party at the Double Tree Inn in Alsip. | Jaime Angio~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 27, 2014 6:50AM



It’s never too cold to come out of your house to Think Pink.

Nearly 350 women attended the 4th annual Pink Pajama Party at the Double Tree Inn in Alsip Friday evening for a fundraiser that benefits the Breast Cancer Support Center at the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park.

They came in pink pajamas, pink tutus, pink robes, pink hats and with their pink nails perfectly polished.

The theme for the evening: Passion for the Cure. The signature drink: The Passion Punch Rum TaTa.

Women of all ages gathered together to celebrate and honor breast cancer survivors and loved ones that lost the battle to breast cancer.

Head Chair of the Pink Pajama Party fundraiser, Joanne Jager, said the theme speaks for itself.

“It’s a labor of love,” Jager said. “Breast cancer is not discriminatory — 23 or 83, we’re all in this together.”

The fundraiser has raised nearly $84,000 in the past three years, and Jager said she is very excited about what this year’s could take in.

“We have started a grant program where now all of the funds we bring in will now get out to the community,” Jager said. “We’ll bring in Meals on Wheels for home deliveries, people that will shovel snow and cut grass, a lot for personal needs, we will be able to buy special undergarments and wigs and hats and scarves. We’re going to have tutoring for their kids. This is a really exciting year. This is the first time it’s really getting out to the community.”

Guests on Friday enjoyed cocktails, a full six-course dinner, DJ and dancing. There were raffles, guest speakers, an LTR tournament (Left, Right, Center) and lots of laughter.

Theresa Lynch, 42, of New Lenox, said this marked her second Pink Pajama Party event.

“It’s a great night,” said Lynch. “Anything we could do to raise money, and help cure it, or help stop it, it’s just such a great event.”

Mary Hughes, 68, of Naperville is a 15-year breast cancer survivor.

She came with her daughter, Cate Trompeter, 44, also from Naperville.

“It’s a lot of fun for a good cause,” Hughes said. “I’m celebrating that I’m surviving and a lot of women are surviving because of events and donations and research. My mother had breast cancer and she survived, but there are people we know that didn’t survive. We celebrate the survivors and the people we lost.”

This is the fourth Pink Pajama Party for Trompeter.

“My neighbors and friends all get together and we come down here and we have a great time,” she said. “To help raise money for the cause, it’s a great feeling to hang out in your pajamas and hang out with your girlfriends. Fifteen years ago, it was one of the scariest times of our lives. We just want to make it so many other people can beat it and live happy and healthy lives and that there is life after breast cancer.”

Judy Wagner, 71, of Chicago, was celebrating 4 1/2 half years survivorship. This was the fourth pink pajama party for Wagner who came with her girlfriends for a night out.

“It’s just a fabulous celebration of women who are all very supportive of the Little Company of Mary Breast Cancer Support Center,” said Wagner. “I just wish I was younger so I could partake in the all-night festivities. Staying up all night drinking, just doesn’t work. I just love seeing how much fun they have, it’s just all sisterhood.

Mary Curely is a 20-year breast cancer survivor and this was also her fourth year attending the Pink Pajama Party event.

“I just appreciate every day. It’s a new day and I enjoy seeing all the people here that are in the same position I am,” said Curely. “Survivors.”



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