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NMMC Butterflies

Butterly pottery artMidnite Pottery and North Mississippi Medical Center’s Oncology Services are introducing the ninth in a series of original butterfly pottery to benefit cancer patients.

Local artist Jennifer Hankins-Shelton created the 2015 pottery butterfly and platter to be sold exclusively by NMMC Oncology Services. “This is a true ‘labor of love’ for me,” Hankins-Shelton said. “It is always easy to get inspiration for a new butterfly because I know every sale helps someone who may be struggling financially because of cancer. I lost my Mom to cancer in November 2012, so helping cancer patients through this project is especially close to my heart.”

As in years past each butterfly is accented with a unique wire, colored bead and metal “word of inspiration” tag. Some of the butterflies have a pink bead for breast cancer. Each butterfly sells for $20, and each square platter sells for $35. Both benefit the NMMC Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund, which is administered by the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi.

“This year’s butterfly has an ocean glaze with raised red swirl accents and touches of cobalt blue,” Hankins-Shelton said.

Monies for the NMMC Cancer Patient Fund are raised through several annual fundraisers as well as donations given by family members in memory or honor of a cancer patient. NMMC employees also donate each month through payroll deduction.


“The Patient Fund helps so many people,” Hankins-Shelton said. “You never know when it may be one of your family members or friends who is receiving the help.”


Butterfly platter photoFor more information about the butterfly pottery pieces, call Cindy Edwards, NMMC Oncology Services social worker, at (662) 377-4049 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).
Cindy Edwards (left), social worker for NMMC Oncology Services, and Jennifer Hankins-Shelton of Midnite Pottery display the 2015 butterfly series to benefit the NMMC Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund.