A letter from the Fairchild Medical Center Foundation's Executive Director, Elizabeth Langford...

Hello friend,

It’s hard to believe (with temperatures still reaching 100 degrees), that October really is just around the corner, and with it, cooler days, football on Friday nights and the gorgeous colors that come with the changing of the leaves.

As I’m sure you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this year we’re changing things up a bit and introducing to our community what we’re calling The Butterfly Project. Local businesses, organizations and community members are invited to purchase a wooden butterfly through the Fairchild Medical Center Foundation to decorate and display in their businesses and homes.

Our hope is that in the month of October, you’ll see decorated butterflies everywhere you go. The butterfly is a symbol of hope and new life, and my hope is that together we can continue to play a role in raising breast cancer awareness in our community. All proceeds raised through the Butterfly Project will go to the mammography fund, which provides mammograms free of charge through the Fairchild Medical Center Foundation.

In addition to The Butterfly Project, on Saturday, October 7th for the tenth year in a row, the Yreka Breast Cancer Run/Walk will take place, starting at Miner Street Park. This family friendly event is going to be great and I hope you’ll join us. Visit for more information and to get registered.

Our team at Fairchild Medical Center will be decorating and displaying butterflies in our Butterfly Garden, (in the hospital lobby) during the month of October. If you would prefer to have your butterfly displayed at Fairchild Medical Center we would be honored to place it with ours.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding our 2017 Think Pink! campaign or if I can be of help to you in any way.

Finally, I’d like to thank our team of community volunteers who are helping to make this project a success: Valarie Wiley, Joan Smith Freeman, Lisa Nixon, Kit Marshall, Shasta Odbert, Robin Bingham, Deanne Terry, Marian Hamilton and MaryAnn Fitzgerald.

Our community has shown time and again that together we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. I hope you’ll join us in making Think Pink! 2017 a terrific success.


Elizabeth Langford

Executive Director, Fairchild Medical Center Foundation