Seasons Corner Market to “Power” Gloria Gemma’s Hope Bus

PAWTUCKET, RI — Since 2011, the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation has used its Hope Bus as a vehicle to deliver breast health information, services, and support to people directly in their communities. The recreational vehicle hits the road again in April 2015, and will be powered by the Gloria Gemma Foundation’s new community partner—Seasons Corner Market.

Through a generous donation,the premium convenience stores—which serves Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is owned by Colbea Enterprises—becomes the Hope Bus’s exclusive general operating expense sponsor.

One in every six Rhode Island women is diagnosed with breast cancer. Thomas Breckel—Vice President of Operations at Colbea Enterprises—indicated that his brother-in-law’s sister was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, which made them think of the Gloria Gemma Foundation—an organization that they heard of, but at the time didn’t know much about.

“After connecting with the organization’s staff, our understanding and appreciation of their work and impact in the community grew stronger,” stated Breckel, who added that Colbea Enterprises has a desire to keep funds local.

Seasons Corner Market’s generous contribution is made possible from a portion of proceeds raised from the fourth annual Colbea Cup Golf Tournament that took place in September. Also known as The David Main Memorial Golf Tournament, the Colbea Cup was created in honor ofDavid Main—a Colbea Enterprises employee who tragically lost his life in 2010.

“Our intention was to fulfill our dear friend’s wish for his son Michael to attend college,” added Breckel. “In the Colbea Cup’s first three years, we raised enough money to support Michael through college, and thought what better way to honor Davidthan to identify and support—alongside the Main family—organizations that are making differences in the community.”

Over the past ten years, the Gloria Gemma Foundation has offered support, education, and awareness to tens of thousands of individuals affected by breast cancer. The mutual decision between the local nonprofit and Seasons Corner Market to direct funds towards the Hope Bus will significantly expand this reach—according to Maria Gemma, Executive Director at the Gloria Gemma Foundation.

With the Hope Bus, the Gloria Gemma Foundation offers individuals access to free resources including one-on-one consultations, patient and survivor support groups led by licensed facilitators, and walk-in breast health and awareness classes. Additionally, state outreach workers often join the Foundation on the Hope Bus to schedule free mammograms and clinical breast exams offered by the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Women’s Cancer Screening Program (WCSP), a program partially funded by the Gloria Gemma Foundation.

In October, Seasons Corner Market also actively engaged its employees with the Gloria Gemma Foundation’s mission of spreading breast cancer awareness. The company had a tent set up in “Celebration Village” at Station Park in downtown Providence—the location of Gloria Gemma’s annual Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life event, in addition to a team that participated in the Gloria Gemma 5K. Furthermore, all 10 Seasons Corner Market locations shined bright with pink lights in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For more information about Seasons Corner Market, please visit www.seasonscornermarket.com. For more information about the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, please visit www.gloriagemma.org.

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