FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Megan Barone
WCA Director of Development
(716) 664-8423
Megan.dangelo@wcahospital.org

Shades of Pink Golf Tournament raises $9,200 in two years for Local Breast Cancer Care


Press Release Photo
From L to R Darlene Rowe, Chautauqua County Cancer Care Program, Ann Sischo, Shades of Pink Committee Chair, Steve Sischo, Shades of Pink Committee Chair, Deborah Anderson, WCA Mammography Technician, Megan Barone, WCA Director of Development, Randy Grey, Shades of Pink Committee Chair, Dianne Courtney-Freeman, WCA Director of Mammography, and Tammara Hodges, WCA Director of Imaging, celebrate the funds raised for the second year total of $9,200!

Jamestown, NY (Tuesday, October 18, 2016) – On Friday, August 5th , The second annual Shades of Pink Golf Tournament was held at South Hills Country Club to benefit WCA Hospital’s Shades Of Pink Program. All were welcomed and encouraged to play in this tournament, which helped raise funds for a great cause; cancer care.

Randy Grey was the driving force behind the tournament and wanted to encourage the community to support our local breast cancer survivor, Ann Sischo. Ann and her husband Steve wanted to see that money stayed local and was used to help others through the difficult times. “When I found out that I had cancer,” Ann stated, “the staff at WCA Hospital’s Mammography Department were so positive, warm and comforting. We wanted to ensure people in the community were able to receive the same care as I had. The money we donate will be able to provide women in the community breast cancer screenings and the care, support and education they need to navigate through this journey. We were able to raise $5,200 this year, far exceeding our expectations, and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of our committee, community and supporters. We are very proud that part of the money raised last year was used to provide education for a young lady to be certified as a breast navigator.”

WCA Shades of Pink breast screening program started in 2012 in the WCA Center for Imaging. The purpose of the program is to increase access of breast screening to women who are identified as having barriers obtaining a clinical breast exams and mammogram. The name SHADES OF PINK came about which encompasses all the degrees in variations of which women face in accessing breast cancer screening/ No women should die of breast cancer because of a delay in treatment due to the lack of insurance, primary care physicians, transportation, language barriers or their age or the color of their skin.

WCA Shades of Pink is a “one-stop same day” screening program. Women come to WCA Center for Imaging where a nurse practitioner or physician will perform a clinical breast exam. Then the women moves on to get her mammogram screening and will receive same day results. WCA’s Certified Breast Navigator educates the women on her results of her screening and helps her to move to further diagnostic testing if her screening identifies any suspicious findings. The support given by the breast navigator moves throughout the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer.

WCA Shades of Pink coordinates its’ efforts with The Chautauqua County Cancer Services Program to recruit women in underserved areas to the screening program. They help the women to obtain insurance and coverage to pay for the clinical exam and mammogram. They also help the women find a primary care physician if the women does not have one and is in further need of diagnostic treatment. They will also work with women who have insurance but have high deductibles and can’t afford breast screening co-pays.

Finding breast cancer in its earlies stages can saves lives. The overall efforts of the WCA Shades of Pink breast screening program are to educate, support, and connect women in need of breast screening, diagnosis and treatment of suspicious findings without delay. This will decrease the mortality rate at which women in our community die from breast cancer.

If you are interested in donating to the WCA Shades of Pink Program, please contact Megan Barone, Director of Development at (716)664-8423 or megan.dangelo@wcahospital.org.

 
< Back to Press Releases