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CUMMINS EMPLOYEES DONATE $7,564.00 TO WCA FOR BREAST TECHNOLOGY

Cummins Employees Donate $7,564 for Breast Technology

Angie Peck, on behalf of the Women’s Affinity Council (WAC) from the Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP), presents Lyndon Gritters, MD, Radiologist, with a check in the amount of $7,564.77 to be used toward the acquisition of a premier full field digital mammography system. Photo from left, front row: Dr. Lyndon Gritters, Angie Peck, Nancy Rinehart (JEP WAC), Sonya Anthony (JEP WAC), Kathy Buerkle (JEP WAC), Lynn Wigren (WCA Patient Care Specialist), Back Row - Anna Dibble (JEP WAC) and Dianne Courtney-Freeman (WCA Senior Mammographer).

Jamestown, New York (Monday, December 14, 2009)—The Women’s Affinity Council recently presented Lyndon Gritters, MD, board certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital and the Center For Imaging staff a check in the amount of $7,564.77 used toward the purchase of a new full-field digital mammography imaging system. The proceeds were raised by Cummins, Inc., Jamestown Engine Plant employees during the month of October in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness.

Throughout October, the Women’s Affinity Council conducted a series of events and activities entitled “Filtering Change”, to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over 2,800 pink filter coin banks were produced by Cummins’ Lake Mills Filtration Plant. These banks were distributed throughout Cummins’ facilities in North America and many were purchased as gifts for family, friends, and survivors of breast cancer. At the Jamestown Engine Plant, as employees purchased the banks, they were also asked to collect change for donation through the Women's Affinity Council to WCA Hospital.

Along with the banks, over 350 pink t-shirts printed with, “Are you tough enough to wear pink?” were sold. The Women’s Affinity Council continued the month-long campaign by hosting a brown bag lunch where health care professionals came to JEP and answered questions about breast cancer. Other special events included a Putt-Putt-Hole-In-One contest and a Pie-in-the-Face manager contest.

“The campaign was exciting and fun for all. It is heart-warming to see just how caring and generous our employees are as we join together in the fight against breast cancer,” said Kathy Buerkle, Women's Affinity Council Member.

“Our move into digital mammography is both important and urgent,” explained Dr. Gritters. “Detecting early breast cancer saves lives, and digital mammography will improve our ability to find these early, potentially curable cancers. I can’t thank the Cummins’ employees enough for their generosity and enthusiastic support of this effort!”

WCA Hospital performs two-thirds of all mammograms in Chautauqua County and recognizes the importance of an annual mammogram. Finding breast cancer early can mean more treatment options and longer lives for the many women facing the challenge of breast cancer. To schedule a breast ultrasound exam, please call (716) 664-8448. For more information on additional services offered at the WCA Center for Imaging & Medical Arts, visit www.wcahospital.org.

If you would like to make a gift to WCA Hospital to support the purchase of digital mammography, please contact Karl Sisson at (716) 664-8423 or karl.sisson@wcahospital.org.

 
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