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Photo Caption: (Pictured L to R): Jack Munella, Jr. – Chair, Joe Paterniti – Special Events Coordinator, Betsy Wright, Sebby Baggiano – Treasurer, and Pete Pillittieri – Golf Chairman. Representatives from the Italian American (IA) present a check in the amount of $150,000 to Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO. This check represents the IA’s successful completion of a three-year pledge for the purchase of Endoscopy equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer.

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, March 9, 2010)—The Italian American (IA) Charity Golf Association successfully completed its three-year, $150,000 pledge to support cancer care at WCA Hospital. This amount included proceeds from the highly-successful 39th Italian American and enabled WCA to purchase Endoscopy equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer. Since its inception in 1971, the Italian American Charity Golf Association has contributed over $900,000 to cancer research and care.

“I can assure you the entire Italian American committee is well aware that without our community’s support, this would certainly not be possible,” said Jack Munella, Jr., Chair of the Italian American. “Even during these difficult economic times people are still willing to find a way to help support this cause, because they know our families and friends will be better served. Working with WCA Hospital to ensure high-quality cancer care and treatment is provided here locally is very satisfying.”

“We are so grateful to the extraordinary commitment the Italian American has to WCA Hospital and to the improvement of the cancer prevention, treatment, and services we can provide,” explains Betsy T. Wright, President/CEO of WCA Hospital. “We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of these dedicated individuals which results in improved outcomes and lives saved. Together, we continue our fight against cancer.”

This year’s event, scheduled for June 10-12 at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, will mark the tournament’s 40th anniversary. This begins another three-year commitment to WCA Hospital to raise funds for the purchase of a minimally-invasive lung navigation system (called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy) which will result in earlier diagnosis and treatment options for lung cancer patients.

The electromagnetic lung navigation system provides a minimally invasive pathway to peripheral lung lesions, even for patients with procedure-restricting conditions. It will enable highly-skilled WCA Hospital physicians to locate, gain access to, test, and plan treatment for lung lesions and lymph nodes that are often difficult to access safely or precisely with traditional procedures. Pulmonologists can take tissue samples and place radiosurgical markers in and around lung tumors. This enables thoracic surgeons to perform appropriate surgical procedures and radiation oncologists better plan and treat patients with external beam radiation at the WCA Cancer Center.

The Italian American Charity Golf Association event was the brainstorm of a small group of community-minded men who wanted to raise money for a local charity. Their dream was to create a golf tournament where one member of each two-man team was of Italian decent and the partner was of another nationality. For more information, please call (716) 664-7354 or visit Charitable gifts to the Italian American can now be accepted on-line through PayPal at this web site.

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