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Hope's Chest brings humor to serious topic

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The Marshfield Clinic is trying something new to raise awareness about breast cancer; humor. The clinic is putting on a dinner theater giving survivors, patients and their supporters a place to join together.

It's informational and it's humorous. Marshfield Clinic presents, Hope's Chest.

"This topic is really something that needs to be touched, explored and presented," Artistic Director Scott Fritsche said.

It all started last year. In the past Marshfield Clinic has hosted a series of informational events centered around breast cancer awareness. But, the turnout hadn't been what they hoped for.

"We needed to do something different, maybe something that reaches younger women that the other programming didn't," Jill Depke, Nurse Practitioner at the Marshfield Clinic said.

Organizers say so far the response for this first year event has been overwhelming.   

"We want to reach women, to tell them its important to be screened and to get that mammogram on a yearly basis starting at age 40," Depke said.
 
Now cue the actors. For the past several months the Artista Players have been running lines, practicing songs, and making their costumes all for the big show.

"There are certain aspects about breast cancer and breast cancer awareness that some people might now be aware of. The information that we are presenting is presented in a unique way that hopefully people go, 'oh I never really thought about it that way," Fritsche said.

So in just a few days the curtains will open for a night of laughs, knowledge and hope.

All the money raised from Thursday's event will stay right here in Central Wisconsin. It benefits the Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care Patient Fund. Newsline 9 is a sponsor of Hope's Chest.

It will be held Thursday May 2nd at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Weston. Unfortunately, tickets are all sold out. But, organizers hope to have an encore performance this summer.

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