“When life throws you lemons, make lemonade.”Almost everyone has heard this popular quote at one time or another in life. In 2010, two Camas doctors took it to heart and created the Pink Lemonade Project, which provides “critical support” to women impacted by breast cancer.
Dr. Allen Gabriel, a plastic surgeon with PeaceHealth Medical Group, and his wife, Cassie, with Columbia Anesthesia Group, saw there was a noticeable lack of information regarding breast cancer and women’s rights. In addition, Allen Gabriel noticed that many of his patients struggled with the emotional and psychological aspects of diagnosis and recovery.
“I have always had an interest in working with breast cancer patients and helping them,” he said. “During my residency, training and fellowship I noticed there was a real lack of emotional support. They needed help, but that which had nothing to do with family or a doctor.”
From that, the Pink Lemonade Project was founded. Gabriel approached Jeanne and Bill Firstenburg about supporting a retreat for breast cancer survivors. The Firstenburg family is well-known in Vancouver for philanthropy, and were enthusiastic about the project. Jeanne Firstenburg is chairwoman of the board of directors, and the family continues to support the organization.
Waste Connections is another community partner. They offer pink recycling cans to any person or business receiving their services in Clark County, with a $200 donation to Pink Lemonade.