Community Interest

NMFPD Raises $1570 for Breast Cancer Awareness


by Kathy Miller

During Sept., the New Melle Fire Protection District sold Breast Cancer Awareness Apparel and raised $1570 in proceeds from the $4999 in sales. Firefighter and Paramedic Ryan Austin, organizer of this event, stated, “The department would like to thank everyone involved for their help and support of this cause. Once again, our generous and supportive community came through when asked.”

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The proceeds were donated to The Karen Weidinger Foundation (KWF), a 501c3 established in 2004 by dear and caring friends in honor of Karen, who lost her battle with breast cancer.

On Thursday, September 29, Ryan presented the check to the Foundation's President, Brian Wies. Brian shared the Foundation's gratitude and said, “As the Foundation grows, thanks to generous donations such as this, their ability to reach out and assist more patients and their families is possible. The Karen Weidinger Foundation is dedicated to providing compassion and support for those affected by breast cancer. The Foundation is now St. Charles County’s Breast Cancer Foundation, focused on improving breast cancer awareness and early detection.”

In honor of Karen, the KWF is privileged to offer financial support for patients who otherwise cannot cover the cost of care. The KWF can help with comfort items insurance doesn't cover. Various resources and materials are available, including items such as wigs, camisoles, nutrition education, wellness programs, yoga and counseling options.

The Karen Weidinger Foundation is donation and volunteer-based, and all donations go to help those individuals living in our community, St. Charles County. They rely on donations and annually host a 5k run/walk the Saturday before Mother’s Day.

If you or someone you know would like to be part of the KWF or make a tax-deductible donation, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To inquire about what resources you may be eligible to access, please contact the Breast Nurse Navigators at 636-498-7923 or 636-755-3056.