Yard Sale Benefits Cancer Center

09/27/12

Woburn Student Holds Yard Sale to Raise Money for Cancer Center

One day after her most successful yard sale to date, Janessa DeCata was already planning for next year’s event. 

The Woburn resident was so thankful for her grandfather’s recovery at Winchester Hospital that she has held a yard sale each of the last three years with all proceeds going to Winchester Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care at 620 Washington St. in Winchester.

This year Janessa raised $650, more than her first two yard sales combined.

“I was really surprised,” the Woburn High School freshman said. “We sold so much more and raised so much more money this time.”

Her grandmother – Irene DeCata – said that word of the yard sale fundraiser is starting to spread.

“People were stopping their cars and just giving us money without even buying anything,” Irene said. “This year there were people, mainly cancer survivors, who couldn’t make it here for the yard sale and they were mailing checks.”

According to Irene, Janessa starts gathering items for next year’s event as soon as the last one is complete.

“If we see something that might be good for the yard sale, we’ll take it and prepare it for next year,” Irene said. “Instead of throwing stuff out, our neighbors are giving it to us for the sale.”

Neighbors donated items to this year’s sale as well, which included clothes, shoes, purses, games, toys, appliances, dishware, housewares, never-used make-up and other brand new goods.

In fact, many people told Janessa that members of their family had cancer. She can relate, as both of her grandparents are cancer survivors.

Janessa said she plans to continue her fundraising efforts for many years to come.

This year, Janessa started volunteering at Winchester Hospital, in preparation for her next career.

“I really want to be a nurse practitioner,” she said. “I really like babies and I wanted to start by volunteering at the hospital.”

Members of the community interested in learning more about Our 2nd Century Campaign giving and naming opportunities may contact the Winchester Hospital Foundation at (781) 756-2158.

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet® recognition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor for nursing excellence. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation oncology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecologic urology, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.