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NMMC Butterflies

2013 Cancer Center Butterfly

NMMC is now selling the seventh in a series of original butterfly pottery to benefit cancer patients.


“Local artist Jennifer Hankins-Shelton created the 2013 pottery butterfly and platter to be sold exclusively by NMMC. “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. My mom passed away in November with a primary brain tumor, so helping other local cancer patients through this project is especially close to my heart this year.”


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 platter sells for $60. Both benefit the NMMC Cancer Patient Fund, which is administered by the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi.


“This year we went with a more neutral color palette with splashes of bold color,” Hankins-Shelton said. “The butterfly is actually raised on the free-form platter.”

2013 Cancer Center butterfly platter


In 2013, the Cancer Patient Fund assisted 508 patients in the amount of $119,350. Monies 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 approximately $4,000 each month through payroll deduction.


“The Patient Assistance 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.”


For more information about the butterfly pottery pieces, call Cindy Edwards, NMMC oncology social worker, at (662) 377-4049 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375.