Ellens’s Hope Luncheon Brings In More Than $75,000 to Paredes Foundation
The October 23rd Ellen’s Hope Luncheon was a beautiful tribute to the founder of the Paredes Foundation. The event, held at the Jefferson Hotel, hosted 300 friends who gathered to remember the life contributions of Dr. Ellen Shaw de Paredes, a thought leader in the field of breast imaging. Guest speaker, Dr. Patricia Gould-Champ, spoke of her own battle with cancer, appropriately acknowledging the legacy that we leave at death. Dr. Paredes succumbed to cancer on August 30th, and the Foundation named in her honor, continues to bring hope to hundreds of local women each year who receive free breast health procedures through its Free Mammography Outreach Program. The Ellen Shaw de Paredes Breast Cancer Foundation also supports education for doctors and technicians in the field of breast imaging.
A recent email from a Foundation donor expresses the feelings of so many about Dr. Ellen’s gifts to the community:
“Ellen started the foundation as her legacy; it is just so tragic
that we face the embracing of her legacy as early as 2014. She solicited my
mother, who was an original major donor in response to Ellen’s plea that we
need to make breast cancer screening accessible for all women. It is so
heartening that Ellen planned ahead and founded an entity that can continue
one of the major components of her own life’s mission. She remains a
prodigy, and nothing could make her happier than to know that her Foundation
will continue to provide breast care to those who cannot afford it.”
The Foundation is deeply grateful to all of the loyal friends who are contributing to keep Ellen’s Hope alive.