Breast cancer survivor helps current fighters one cup at a time

11 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago Thursday, October 05 2017 Oct 5, 2017 Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:06:00 AM CDT October 05, 2017 in News
By: Kristen Harris, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to BreastCancer.org.

A 15-year breast cancer survivor is collaborating with an MU sorority and fraternity to give back to those currently fighting the disease.

Fourteen years ago Jackie O'Rourke began this service project known as "Cups of Kindness." She gathers cups and saucers, places different toiletry items inside, then places an inspirational story inside to complete the gift.

O'Rourke said she was inspired by something someone had done for her.

“Someone had given me a beautiful antique cup and saucer when I had to go in and have surgery. And I felt like having a lateral mastectomy was a very unfeminine thing to have happen. So I took this beautiful cup and saucer and I thought, 'Well I’ll have my coffee in this, and it’ll make me feel feminine.' And then after I had this surgery and I went home, I just had this thought that maybe I could do this for other women,” O’Rourke said.

The completed cups and saucers are given to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and Midwest Cancer Alliance. The nurses then give the gifts to women currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer free of charge.

O'Rourke said there was an important reason why she picked the items she did to enclose her gifts.

“The reason I have a cup and a saucer is very intentional and deliberate, and it goes back to a time when women would get together and have tea or have coffee and they would sit and visit. So you don’t walk around with a cup and saucer, you don’t take it to your car, it’s not a to-go cup. It’s a time to just sit. And sometimes that’s what we have to do. And in the story it says, ‘Have a cup of tea and talk to the maker,’” O’Rourke said.

The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority chapter at MU has helped the past four years. But this is the first year the men of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity will also help with the project.

Colin Little, President of Missouri Alpha Phi Kappa Psi, said this event is personal to him because his grandma, several aunts, and close friends and family of his struggle with breast cancer.

“Jackie’s really well respected, the guys really enjoy her and her husband is actually our alumni advisor,” Little said.

Steve O'Rourke, Jackie's husband and advisor of Missouri Alpha Phi Kappa Psi, also helps with "Cups of Kindness."

“Phi Psi’s motto is ‘the great joy of serving others.’ And when I think of this, if I can just impact one person and help change their attitude and brighten their day then it’s a success for me,” Little said.

Jackie funds the cups from her own money along with community donations.

The sorority, fraternity and the O'Rourkes will gather Thursday to complete all the cups.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Four suspects are in custody after a woman was robbed at gunpoint while walking to work Saturday night.... More >>
3 days ago Sunday, September 16 2018 Sep 16, 2018 Sunday, September 16, 2018 1:32:00 AM CDT September 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A five vehicle crash caused by a hay bale in Jefferson City on Saturday left six people... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 11:47:00 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The roars from toy dinosaurs and giggles from Tickle-Me-Elmos filled the room in Clark Hall on Saturday while... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 11:28:00 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
FULTON - The Westminster College Blue Jays unveiled their new turf football field on Saturday in their game against Iowa... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:45:00 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Shakespeare's Pizza celebrated its 45th anniversary on Saturday at all three locations. During the lunch hour, the... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:14:00 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lincoln University's curators have approved a new master's degree program in clinical mental health counseling. ... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 8:24:01 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police have arrested a suspect in connection to a bomb threat at Best Buy on Saturday evening.... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 6:19:00 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — The Marines, the Coast Guard, civilian crews and volunteers used helicopters, boats and heavy-duty vehicles... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 6:04:01 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going ahead with plans to announce new tariffs on about $200 billion of... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 5:44:53 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Vet Center and the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital held a car show Saturday to reach... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 5:16:00 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - Two people are dead after separate crashes on Friday, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reports.... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 3:37:00 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two real estate executives have proposed a $63.5 million luxury hotel for Kansas City in... More >>
4 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 2:46:12 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Republican Party went out to break a record Saturday for how many people volunteers contacted about... More >>
4 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 2:17:00 PM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY ( KSHB/KMCI ) - Alcohol delivery is now legal in Kansas City, and 41 Action News got a... More >>
4 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:38:35 AM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Parks and Recreation celebrates its 41st annual Heritage Festival and Craft show Saturday and Sunday. The... More >>
4 days ago Saturday, September 15 2018 Sep 15, 2018 Saturday, September 15, 2018 8:04:00 AM CDT September 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is coming to Missouri as he pushes for Republican Josh Hawley to unseat... More >>
4 days ago Friday, September 14 2018 Sep 14, 2018 Friday, September 14, 2018 5:48:47 PM CDT September 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Super Typhoon Mangkhut reached the Philippines Friday and will move west to China and Vietnam. According to... More >>
4 days ago Friday, September 14 2018 Sep 14, 2018 Friday, September 14, 2018 5:42:00 PM CDT September 14, 2018 in News
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. - Missouri Task Force One members rescued two people from a mobile home and assisted in the... More >>
4 days ago Friday, September 14 2018 Sep 14, 2018 Friday, September 14, 2018 5:28:00 PM CDT September 14, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 84°
4pm 94°
5pm 93°
6pm 89°
7pm 86°