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POSTED: January 31, 2013 9:00 a.m.
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Trevor and Miranda Sikes, center, of RTS Homes, present a check for $25,000 to representatives from Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital to help fund breast-cancer research and treatments. RTS Homes employees, partnering businesses and representatives from the hospital were on hand for the presentation. Pictured, from left: Eric Lee, Holly Carter, Drew Davenport, Chelsea Erickson, Anthony Howard, Miranda Sikes, Trevor Sikes, Marti Barrow, Angela Taylor, Matt Taylor and Leslie Heath.

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When presented with an idea to coordinate a small-scale event to help raise funds for the Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital and Telfair Pavilion, RTS Homes of Hinesville jumped into action.
“But we don’t like small, so we decided to build what we called the Pink House and take the proceeds from the construction sale and donate it directly to them,” said Miranda Sikes of RTS Homes.
Construction of the Pink House in Allenhurst’s Murray’s Crossing started in October to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The house recently sold, resulting in a $25,000 donation to Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital.  
Last Friday, RTS Homes invited representatives from the women’s hospital and several supporters to Hinesville for a check-presentation ceremony.
Sikes’ husband, Trevor Sikes, who owns RTS Homes, said the idea came about when his business associate, Matt Taylor, started discussing ways to help raise money for the women’s hospital where his wife, Angela Taylor, works as an administrative assistant.
“The idea was to get out to suppliers to help us raise the money and help us donate through the building of the house. They donated materials, labor and everyone pitched in, so when the house sold we were able to donate a portion of the proceeds,” Trevor Sikes said. “We work hand-in-hand with Matt and his wife works at Telfair and she sees the need every day. I mean, it’s unbelievable the amount of people they diagnose and treat every day. So we decided to get together and make something happen. And the more we talked about it, the more we had people pitch in because they have or had someone in their life touched by cancer.”
Matt Taylor said the money stays in the region and helps to serve all of Coastal Georgia.
“All the money goes toward the Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital and Telfair Pavilion and stays at Mary Telfair in Savannah. And they help people in Savannah, but also here in Hinesville and everywhere,” he said.
Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital in Savannah offers advanced obstetrical and gynecological care, outpatient services and education for women. The Telfair Pavilion provides treatment for breast and ovarian cancers and provides patients with access to advanced oncology services.
“There is a great need for this,” Angela Taylor said. “Our funds were kind of depleted last year, and we formed a committee together and we decided to go out and see who would help us with this cause. It touches all of us who work at Telfair and the people we serve.”
Taylor said the money helps cover costs for patients who are uninsured or underinsured.
“It covers their mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies and other cancer treatments if they were diagnosed with cancer, and it serves the people of Hinesville and the surrounding areas,” she said. “We have a mobile unit that goes all around and picks up people in Hinesville and transports them to St. Joseph’s/Candler/Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital for treatments. This will help a lot of patients.”
“I’m here simply because I am proud of my son and my daughter-in-law and what they stood for,” Trevor Sikes’ father, Steve Sikes, said. “They saw the opportunity to make a difference and they stepped forward. If we all had a heart like that, we could change the world.”

 

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