Contact: Megan Barone, director of development, UPMC Chautauqua WCA
Phone: 716-664-8423
Fax:  716-664-8336


LINKS Charity Celebrating 25 Years and 1.4 Million Dollars


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LINKS Charity committee members, lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors present a check in the amount of 1.4 million dollars to UPMC Chautauqua WCA from 25 years of support to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Cancer Care Program.

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, July 11, 2017)—LINKS Charity has raised a total of 1.4 million dollars in the local fight against breast cancer over the past 25 years. Now in its 26th year, LINKS Charity continues to support UPMC Chautauqua WCA in enhancing local cancer care efforts. LINKS Charity is looking forward to its most ambitious calendar of events and activities yet. This year will be dedicated in memory of Allen Short, executive director of LINKS for 19 years. Beginning with the annual LPGA golf pro-am, golf scramble, and celebration auction on July 24th and 25th, and finishing with the 7th annual LINKS Pink Walk on October 7th, 2017 should prove to be another record-breaking fundraising year for LINKS Charity.

These efforts were spearheaded by lead-sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins Engine, United Refining Company, The Bilicki Law Firm and Alstar EMS, along with associate sponsors Northwest Insurance Services and Jamestown Savings Bank and many other community volunteers.

LINKS Charity is once again taking a leadership role in the local fight against breast cancer with their third year of their four-year, $400,000 pledge toward the purchase of the Discovery 630 System. This cutting-edge nuclear medical technology-which boasts lower radiation, better image resolution, and shorter exam times-will aid in an earlier and more accurate diagnosis. The Discovery 630 system will compliment the Digital Mammography which is now operational in the Center for Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA.

“We believe that the Discovery 630 System will work in conjunction with the new Digital Mammography suite at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, by boasting lower radiation, increasing image resolution and aiding in earlier and more accurate diagnosis. ” says Brad Van Riper, Senior Vice President for Truck-Lite and Executive Director for LINKS Charity. “The $400,000 pledge is an aggressive goal, but we are confident that the community will support this effort to more effectively diagnose breast cancer.”

“Once again, LINKS Charity is proving its extraordinary commitment to local cancer care,” said Betsy T. Wright, President/CEO of WCA Hospital. “We are so thankful that through the hard work and generosity of many that the Center for Imaging & Medical Arts at UPMC Chautauqua WCA will stay on the cutting edge of technology which will benefit everyone.”

LINKS Charity, established in 1991, was co-founded by Mary Blair and Sondra Anderson. Their commitment and passion along with many benevolent volunteers, including Allen Short, Executive Director for the first nineteen years, has been remarkable. LINKS Charity continues in its mission to link the community, business, and industry together to enhance local cancer care at UPMC Chautauqua WCA.

UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital’s Cancer Care Program, the only program in the region recognized for cancer care excellence by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC), is staffed by a team of expert physicians and health care professionals under the medical direction of a board-certified radiation oncologist. The program provides a wide range of cancer care services from routine screenings to the diagnosis and treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to support LINKS Charity/Discovery 630, please contact Megan Barone, director of development, UPMC Chautauqua WCA at 716-664-8423 or mail your tax-deductible gift to: UPMC Chautauqua WCA Office of Development, P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, New York 14702-0840.



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