Monday, March 7, 2011 12:00 AM

Teen's calendar project aids Radin Breast Care Center

When the time came to choose her high school community service project, senior Devon Grant had one thought — mom. Devon’s mother had just been diagnosed with breast cancer in June and was preparing for her surgery at the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center at Clovis Community Medical Center.

She teamed up with Yosemite High School classmate John Ditomaso, whose mother was also treated at the Radin Breast Care Center in 2006, and made a calendar to benefit the center as a tribute to their mothers.

Devon decided to create the calendar for her project as way to support and motivate her mom, Nan Grant, after receiving the shock of her cancer. “I knew if I stayed strong I could motivate her,” she said. “I thought the calendar would be something nice to do for her and well as help others.”

Nan Grant said she was honored that her daughter chose to support the Radin Breast Care Center since the hospital has played such a big role in her life since her surgery in August. “They’ve been great to me,” she said. “There is never a time I have a question that’s not answered or a concern not taken care of.”

She still remembers walking into the center for the first time to drop off paperwork and being greeted by Nurse Coordinator Bev McCann. “I think we talked to her for 45 minutes the first time,” she said “Bev has been amazing. She’s been my contact since August.”

Her doctors, breast surgeon Deborah Gumina and plastic surgeon Stephen Zuniga have also been supportive throughout the whole process. “I really appreciate them and feel cared for,” she said.

Devon felt that doing the calendar could help the Radin Breast Care Center the way Radin staff helped her mom.

Like Devon, John felt the calendar was more than a community service project: “My mom has helped me so much. I wanted to show her how much she has meant to me and as a way to say thanks before I leave for college.”

He remembers how hard it was to see his mother, Laurel so weak after her surgery and how much support she received from the Radin Breast Care Center.

“I really want to give back to them for helping my mom,” he said.

Another page in the calendar shows a get-together over a campfire at scenic Bass Lake.

Devon and John spent two months over the summer gathering their friends together to pose for the photos and took more than 7,000 pictures. They chose a summer theme for the calendar so it would be “smiley, bright and fun,” John said. Their moms spent $2,500 to make 500 calendars.

“I knew it would be a big undertaking,” Nan Grant said. “I didn’t know how big until now. We’re still trying to sell them.”

So far, they have sold approximately 275 calendars for $10 each and raised over $300 for the Radin Breast Care Center after breaking even on production costs. They still have a ways to go to their goal for a gift. “I just want to make sure we give the Radin Center as much as we can,” Devon said.