Total raised to date:
We would also like to give credit and thanks to everyone
that has helped us in our efforts to raise money for this
worthy cause. They are listed in order of most recent
Raised by Danny Haywood's Contest "Images of Elvis " 2009
B&K Enterprises Costume Co.
(DVD sales) 11/08
Elvis FANtasy Fest, 10/08
Raised by Danny Haywood's Contest "Images of the King" 2008
Elvis FANtasy Fest, 11/07
Danny Haywood, "Images of the King" contest, 2/07
Danny Haywood, "Images of the King Contest",
Roberta Arnold, "Reflections of the King"
Irv Cass Elvis Fest, 5/05
Danny Haywood, "CSRA Elvis Contest", 3/05
B & K Enterprises, 3/04
Danny Haywood, "CSRA Elvis Contest", 3/04
Howard Enterprises, 3/04
Elvis Fantasy Fest, 10/03
our friends in the United Kingdom have helped raise 1,400
Sterling in 2004 and 3,000 Sterling in 2005 (about $5,500)
in the last two years for their UK Cancer Research. You
may contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
mission statement is that of providing the highest standard
of cancer care while fostering a transitional and clinical research
environment that place the Institute at the regional forefront
of novel cancer therapy development.
that end, the Kentucky Cancer Research Foundation was established.
This entity serves as a resource for "seed money"
and grants to support the development of promising cancer research
projects at the Institute and within the Louisville Medical
Center in general. Monies from the Foundation are also
allocated to indigent cancer patients and to those with limited
insurance coverage, in order to permit their access to state-of-the-art
care regardless of location. In addition, funds will be
available to sponsor both professional and community programs.
of all sizes to the Kentucky Cancer Research Foundation can
be made in the form of cash donations, commemorative gifts,
appreciated securities and charitable gifts of property.
Planned gifts in the form of a specific bequest in a will or
through life insurance are also accepted.
more information, please contact:
D'ANGELO, RN, MSN, OCN - Coordinator
Kentucky Cancer Research Foundation, Inc.
100 East Liberty St, Suite 500, Louisville, KY 40202
502-561-8200 / F: 502-584-2089
LETTER FROM BUTCH & KIM POLSTON
the years, I have been taught a lot of valuable lessons by those
around me. I have learned of love and loss. I have never
understood why so many people have had an interest in our costuming
always thought it was because it was such an obscure novelty,
being the top costumer in the world for Elvis Presley tribute
artists, as well as making garments for movies. Life is funny.
When you think everything is going your way, someone always
throws you a curve ball. In 1999, that is exactly what happened
to me and Kim. We had been in our own little world, making costumes
and traveling to display our wares. I always question the whole
universe as to why things are the way they are. In 1999, I found
out. In May of 1999, Kim had noticed a lump in her breast that
was bordering on scar tissue from a lumpectomy a couple of years
previous to her finding this lump. We both were concerned, so
we went to her surgeon, Dr. Gordon Gutmann, and he confirmed
our worst nightmare--it was breast cancer. Kim had a great attitude
about it and decided she was going to fight. Me, on the other
hand, I went into panic and eventually had a nervous breakdown.
see in 1989, my mother, Catherine (Betty) Polston, died of breast
cancer at the age of 50. I felt hopelessness and felt like I
was laying in the pits of hell. It was at that time that God
stepped in. We were directed by Dr. Gutmann to see Dr. Renato
LaRocca, at the Kentucky Cancer Institute. He immediately addressed
the problem. Kim went thru 3 months of chemotherapy to reduce
the size of the tumor, then she had surgery in September of
1999, then 3 more months of chemotherapy, then under another
wonderful doctor, Dr. Frederick Albrink, underwent 13 weeks
of radiation therapy. It was these God given doctors that blessed
Kim with more life, than my mother was unable to see.
My mother let her cancer go far too long before seeing about
it. You see, my father had lost his job a year and a half prior
to her finding the lump. The foundry had shut down that he worked
for. leaving numerous families without an income or health insurance.
My mother did not know where to turn, nor did she burden her
children with her findings. So, because she had no insurance,
she felt she had no options. We lost her needlessly. I told
you all of the above so that you will understand the reasoning
that Kim and I are requesting your help.
Cancer is a disease that not only affects the person going thru
it, it also affects the ones who love them most. The wonderful
thing about today is, the technology to give us all hope that
wasn't around as little as 10 years ago. Dr. Renato LaRocca
is involved with other Oncologists to find better treatment
options and hopefully, one day a cure for this unholy disease.
He heads up the Kentucky Cancer Research Foundation. This foundation's
two primary functions are to find better treatments and cures,
as well as helping those who are not fortunate enough to have
insurance get treatment of some kind.
Dr. LaRocca is one of the most determined doctors that I've
ever met in my life, and I have known lots! He made a statement
one time that very much still stays with me and it explains
the kind of person this man really is. He said nothing would
please him more than to find another style of medicine to go
into if he could only find a cure for cancer. To him it's not
all about the money--it's about the gifts that God gave him--to
use those gifts for the greater good of man. It must be said,
however, that just because the title of his group is called
Kentucky Cancer Research Foundation does not mean it's limited
to just this area. Better treatment options and a cure and the
information concerning this is spread throughout the world.
Anyone can come to Dr. LaRocca for treatment. There is additional
information throughout the web about Dr. LaRocca, the patents
he has, and some of the papers he has written. I can assure
you that all your dollars sent to this wonderful cause are used
wholeheartedly so that no one else will have to lose a brother,
a sister, a husband, a wife, a son, or a daughter or anyone
else to this dreaded disease.
and I have always found it funny, as I said before, that so
many people have taken interest in what we do. We have found
our calling through Kim getting this disease and that calling
is to use our business to use the notoriety for what we do to
raise money and help find a cure for cancer.
I come to you and not only to ask, but I beg of you
to please consider donating whatever you can to this
wonderful cause. It is up to each and every one of us
as God's children, regardless of what God you believe
in, to make a difference. There are many wonderful charities
out there that need to be supported.
a great deal of the charities out there do not raise
money for people who are dying and suffering the dance
of the damned. So, please, I urge you to give some consideration
Lastly, I ask of you to please know the seven warning
signs of cancer (see
Find a way, even if you don't have employment to go
to a clinic for a checkup. Please get regular mammograms.
Because, like the old saying from the American Cancer
Society: It's what you don't know that can hurt you.
Butch and Kim Polston
The Seven Warning
Signs of Cancer
of lump in
in a mole/wart
that doesn't heal