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WCA Hospital Awarded Grant From Western New York AFFILIATE of Susan G. Komen FOR THE CURE

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From Left, Western New York AFFILIATE of Susan G. Komen FOR THE CURE present a check to WCA Hospital. Lt. to Rt.: Delia Joslyn Susan G. Komen FOR THE CURE Coordinator; Chautauqua County Witness Project Outreach Coordinators, Starr Waller, Florence Hinson, Breast Cancer Survivor, and Brenda Stewart; Toni DeAngelo, R.N., WCA Hospital Wellness and Project Director.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, July 31, 2009) - The Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure®, one of over 100 Affiliates nationwide dedicated to putting an end to breast cancer, recently awarded WCA Hospital a community grant totaling $40,230 to be used to fund the Chautauqua County Witness Project.

The Witness Project is a culturally competent program that focuses on breast health and the importance of breast screening for African American women. Its main objective emphasizes the importance of breast health and connects women to needed breast health services, without delay.

“We believe we are helping to save lives by educating women early about beast health, giving them the how and where to obtain services quickly,” said Starr Waller, County Chautauqua (North) Witness Project Outreach Coordinator.  “The Witness Project links them to what they need right then and there,” adds Brenda Stewart, Outreach Coordinator for the South County.

According to the American Cancer Society, African American women have a higher incidence of breast cancer before age 40 and are more likely to die from it due to late stage diagnosis.

“In order to ensure our funds are making the greatest impact, the Komen Western New York Affiliate works with local medical experts and community leaders to conduct comprehensive community needs assessments,” said Jackie Mordaunt, Executive Director.  “The Chautauqua County Witness Project planned by WCA Hospital helps ‘fill the gaps’, delivering the life-saving message of early detection and providing assistance to medically under-served individuals.”

“No woman should die from breast cancer due to race, religion, culture, or lack of money, insurance, primary care physician, or fear of breast screening,” said Toni DeAngelo, R.N., WCA Hospital Wellness Director and Chautauqua County Witness Project Director.  “Found in its earliest stages, breast cancer is curable.  Our ultimate goal is to decrease late stage diagnosis and mortality rates of African American women in our county that are diagnosed with breast cancer.”

Trained Witness Role Models (breast cancer survivors) and Lay Health Advisors (breast health educators) visit area women in faith-based or comfortable settings and ‘witness’ their experiences with breast cancer while also educating the ladies on how important regular breast screenings are to their survival. For further information about the Chautauqua County Witness Project call WCA Hospital Patient Navigation at 664-8677.

The Komen Western New York Affiliate’s local fund-raising efforts, such as the Race for the Cure®,, have enabled WCA Hospital to fund projects such as this.  Other local groups/institutions awarded funds in this grant cycle include Allegany County Department of Health, International Institute of Buffalo, Erie County Department of Health, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

WCA Hospital of Jamestown is Southwestern New York's largest not-for-profit health care provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute care and rehabilitation services. WCA is accredited by The Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology; and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

To schedule a mammogram at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts At WCA - recently designated a “Breast Imaging Center of Excellence” - call (716) 664-8448.


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