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Allen Short, LINKS Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament Executive Director; Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO; Mary Blair, LINKS Co-Founder; Barbara Brown, LINKS Charity Silent Auction Chair; Bradley Van Riper, Truck-Lite Company, Inc., Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, and LINKS Charity Lead Sponsor; Brian Kupchella, Truck-Lite President and COO. Absent from photo: Matt McQueen, Cummins, Inc., Plant Manager & LINKS Charity Major Sponsor; Ashton Ditka, United Refining Company & LINKS Charity Major Sponsor.

Jamestown, New York (Wednesday, December 17, 2008)—LINKS Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament Committee officials announced that the Charity is donating $67,508 to the WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program. The donation will be used to advance the medical care and treatment of individuals diagnosed with cancer.  The charity has donated over a half million to cancer support over its 17-year fund-raising history.

Major sponsors for the 2008 event include, Lead Sponsor, Truck-Lite Company, Inc., Major Sponsors, Cummins Inc., United Refining Company (Country Fair & Kwik Fill).

“We are deeply grateful for LINKS incredible donation,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “This premier fund-raising event enables WCA Hospital to continue its proud tradition of nationally recognized cancer care excellence and service to our communities.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to our generous supporters for helping us enrich the lives of those who are diagnosed with cancer.”  

Funds donated over the past 17 years by the charity have been applied toward the advancement of cancer care at WCA and include:  state-of-the-art cancer care medical equipment; prevention and early detection programs; educational materials; low cost mammograms, pap tests, and community wellness screenings; new Computed Tomography (CT) Scan; new MRI, brachytherapy, microwave for the treatment of prostate cancer; Endoscopy equipment; 3D cancer treatment planning sentinel node biopsy; Stereotactic breast biopsy; operating room cysto/urology suite; fixed MRI, laboratory equipment, palliative care renovations; and dollars for recruiting highly-skilled physicians and health care professionals.

“We are long-standing members of this community and we believe in the work that the WCA Cancer Care Program provides for our community, our employees, and their families,” said Mr. Brian Kupchella, Truck-Lite, Inc., President and COO, and major sponsor of the 2008 charity.  “I would personally like to thank our new sponsors for linking-together with us, as business and community join together to help one another.”

“We are excited for the opportunity to help those diagnosed with cancer to have access to quality care locally,” adds Bradley Van Riper, Truck-Lite, Inc., Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and LINKS volunteer.  “People often feel more comfortable and secure being cared for at home so they will not be separated from family, friends, and familiar surroundings.  Our donation helps patients achieve this desire.”

LINKS Charity, established in 1991, was co-founded by Mrs. Mary Blair and Mrs. Sondra Anderson.  Their commitment and passion along with benevolent volunteers has realized hundreds of thousands of net proceeds that have benefited the WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program. 

“Our 17th annual event was a tremendous success,” declared Mr. Allen Short, Executive Director of LINKS, who has been a volunteer leader for the charity since its founding.  “Building on the tremendous accomplishments of our first LINKS event, we continue to support hundreds of people and their families who are affected by this disease.  We are extremely thankful to all of our supporters and sponsors who make this event such a sensational success.”
The WCA Cancer Care Program of WCA Hospital is dedicated to offering compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care. The cancer care program is the only comprehensive program in Chautauqua County to hold a prestigious three-year approval with commendation for its Cancer Care Program from the Commission on Cancer (COC) of the American College of Surgeons.  The three-year approval with commendation is the result of the hospital’s commitment to integrating clinical excellence, programs and community outreach.  WCA is one of only 1,350 programs across the country that has earned approval from the Commission on Cancer.  In New York State, only one in four share this prestigious honor.

“LINKS compassion and commitment help us fulfill our mission today and plan for the bright future that tomorrow holds,” said Betsy Wright.

For more information on LINKS Charity, visit the website,




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