Martha's back: Market has double mission

As the leading cause of death among women ages 35-55, breast cancer is bound to affect a wide swath of our population.  An indiscriminate disease that affects a demographic most likely to be in the midst of raising a family or energetically pursuing careers and dreams, cancer of any kind devastates. The chances of knowing someone to suffer the ravages of this illness whether mother, daughter, friend, business associate, or co-worker are about one in two, an incredibly high statistic.
To combat these numbers and raise awareness comes one of the most visible and successful local organizations dedicated to providing funding for outreach and treatment of breast cancer— the Women’s Committee of the Martha Jefferson Hospital. This dedicated group of volunteers is sponsoring its 9th Annual Martha’s Market at this year’s centrally located Omni Charlottesville Ballroom October 18 -20.
The Market distinguishes itself by its eclectic and geographically diverse assortment of boutiques. Clothing from Georgia, antiques from Alabama, and food from Wisconsin will be on sale all three days. That’s not to say that our local purveyors are not getting in on the act. Bashir’s, Blue Light, LushLife, Eloise, Hamiltons’, O’Suzannah, and Rattle and Roll on the Downtown Mall have pledged to make a donation to Martha’s Market  as well as offering special treatment to those whom attend the event. Pick up a special treatment card at the Market and receive discounts and other perks from these establishments.
Funds from the Market make possible many services that include free mammography vouchers for women who may find cost a barrier to the test, women’s health screening days, a women’s health liaison to provide support, and Check it out! a program to ensure high school girls start on the right path to breast health. Just in time for a little early Christmas shopping, Martha’s Market brings together a plethora of vendors that can provide a jump-start to the holiday season as well as to preventive care for your health. Don’t save the breast for last.

Martha’s Market takes place at the Omni Ballroom on the Downtown Mall on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, October 20, from 11am-4pm. Admission  $5, children under 10 free. Parking is free at the Omni parking deck and at the Water Street Parking garage with stamped ticket. Vinegar Hill lot is $3 per day for visitors to the Market.

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