Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q Restaurants Continue Support of Breast Cancer Treatment

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Breast Health Center received a $10,000 donation from Birmingham-based Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q restaurants to help patients defray some of the costs associated with starting and completing breast cancer treatments.

The donation will help provide gas cards, meal tickets and hotel vouchers for patients and their families if they are unable to cover some of the personal costs of traveling to The Kirklin Clinic at UAB for breast cancer treatments.

“Breast cancer just touches so many lives. And it can be devastating to families,” said Sam Burn, a company spokesman for Jim ‘N Nick’s. “We decided several years back this was the kind of cause worth getting behind.”

For the past six years the restaurant’s owners and managers have partnered with the UAB Breast Health Center through its volunteer survivor group, Angel Squad. Jim ‘N Nick’s invites Angel Squad members to help staff its Trussville, Gardendale, Homewood, 5 Points South, U.S. 280 and Riverchase restaurants for a day each October to raise awareness about breast cancer and survivorship. The Angel Squad members spend the day at the restaurants handing out cancer education literature and answering questions about screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

Angel Squad provides comfort, hope and compassionate services to breast cancer patients and their caregivers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q restaurants serve mid-scale to casual Southern cuisine, with a menu featuring barbecued pork, chicken and turkey platters, chicken fried catfish, Angus beef, baby back ribs, homemade pies and more. Everything is made from scratch, including the piecrusts. The company operates in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Colorado.

This is a fantastic example of a public/private partnership that benefits women suffering from breast cancer. The combination of services and support will ease the burden of treatment and perhaps improve the quality of life for those touched by this donation.

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