JEFFERSON — Tomorrow’s Hope has met one of its prime fundraising objectives to help bring Paxman Scalp Cooling Cap technology to Jefferson County.

This new health-care service will be made available at UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek, eliminating the need for local cancer patients to travel to Madison for this innovative hair-saving process. Advance fundraising activities for the Jefferson High School’s Hoops for Hope on Saturday, Feb. 15, already have raised enough funds to meet a matching grant pledged by Badger Bank.

“Badger Bank recognizes the positive impact Paxman Cooling Caps bring to those facing hair loss from chemotherapy,” Tracey Carlson, marketing coordinator at Badger Bank, said. “Giving people in our communities access to this technology is a heartwarming experience for us all here at Badger Bank. Our commitment to the communities we serve allows us to bring some joy and excitement to individuals affected by this terrible disease. We are so proud to partner with Tomorrow’s Hope and Paxman Cooling Caps, making a real difference.”

Making this technology available to local Jefferson County patients for the first time inspired British corporation Paxman to offer a generous matching gift of its own, Carlson noted. In lieu of allocating money raised by Tomorrow’s Hope to Cooling Cap machine lease costs, Paxman has agreed to waive the first-year lease for UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek, enabling monies raised to be applied to out-of-pocket patient costs not always covered by insurance.

“Hair loss is consistently ranked in the top five most distressing cancer chemotherapy side effects,” explained Richard Paxman, CEO at Paxman, “After experiencing this firsthand, we are determined to change this, and to help minimize hair loss in people who are undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, positively contributing to their overall health and recovery. We want to amplify the dollars raised by organizations like to Tomorrow’s Hope to help even more people access scalp cooling.”

Paxman also paid the travel expense to have Shawna Mayberry, a former patient and beneficiary of this hair-saving technology, to attend the charity basketball event at Jefferson High School. Mayberry will share with Hoops for Hope attendees how Paxman Scalp Cooling Caps personally helped her navigate the journey through chemotherapy.

“Shawna is especially excited to help Tomorrow’s Hope in this fundraising drive because she, too, is from a small rural town in Indiana,” Paxman said. “She understands that driving long distances for treatments can be a deterrent and that bringing services local eases the burden of chemotherapy.”

“Being able to bring this service to Jefferson County through this fundraiser and with the generous support of Paxman will help so many more patients. We have seen firsthand how Paxman Cooling Caps has reduced the impact of chemotherapy induced hair loss in Madison,” said Dawn Klecker, clinic manager at the UW Cancer Center in Johnson Creek.

The sixth annual Hoops for Hope will take place on Feb. 15. Doors open at 5 p.m. with games beginning at 5:40 and 7:15 p.m. Additional activities include a flag presentation by St. John’s Military Academy, basket raffles, a 50/50 raffle, halftime games and concessions.

Admission will be charged upon entrance to the games. Proceeds from Hoops for Hope 2020 will benefit the following three programs at the UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek:

• Paxman Scalp Cooling System: Future lease costs for technology that circulates coolant through a cooling cap worn by patients to lower scalp temperature, reducing or preventing chemotherapy-induced hair loss.

• The Look Good, Feel Better Alliance: Workshops taught by certified beauty consultants on techniques to cope with appearance related side effects of chemotherapy.

• Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets: Offering patients a distraction during treatment with the ability to read, watch movies and listen to music.

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