In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Democratic Women of Macon County presented a $750 donation to DMH Foundation on Thursday, October 26, to honor the late State Senator Penny Severns. The donation will assist in providing Breast Cancer screenings for women in Macon County.
Penny Severns, a Decatur native, was born in 1952 and died in 1998 of breast cancer. She was 46 years old.
In her life, Severns served in the Illinois Senate, traveled to several countries, and landed back in Decatur working as a city councilwoman.
She was elected State Senator in 1986 and was the first woman to ever be appointed Chief Budget Negotiator. In 1993 she ran for Illinois Lieutenant Governor and was paired with Dawn Clark Netsch – which is the first and only time in Illinois history that two women were at the top of the ticket.
Democratic Women’s Co-Chair, Amy Rueff stated, “One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and we know that early detection is the key to beating it. This donation will assist with free breast cancer screenings for women who cannot afford it.”
For more information, contact Democratic Women of Macon County Co-chairs Jennifer Ellis at 765-577-0111 or Amy Rueff at 217-433-5126.
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