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Links Charity Kicks Off Pro-Am Event To Benefit Cancer Care


WCA Hospital

Caption: On the green: Bradley VanRiper, Sr. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Truck-Lite and Co-Executive Director of LINKS Charity. Standing from left: Brian Kupchella, President, Truck-Lite Company, Inc., LINKS Charity Lead Sponsor; Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO; Angie Peck, Cummins, Inc., Silent Auction Committee Member; David Thomas, W.C.A. Services Corporation Major Sponsor; Allen Short, LINKS Charity Co-Executive Director.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, June 18, 2010) –The 19th Annual LINKS Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament Committee is in full swing as the committee moves forward with a 3-year pledge of $250,000 toward the purchase of a new full field digital mammography imaging system to benefit WCA Hospital.

The traditional Golf PRO-AM Tournament featuring 25 LPGA pros will be held at Moon Brook Country Club on Monday, August 2nd at 7:30 a.m.  A catered banquet and silent auction will follow the Monday tournament at 6:00 p.m.  A LINKing Together Golf Scramble with LPGA pros will be held on Tuesday, August 3rd at Moon Brook Country Club.  Kevyn Adams, former professional ice hockey player Stanley Cup champion for the Carolina Hurricanes will be the speaker.

“We are long-standing members of this community and we believe in the work that the WCA Cancer Care Program provides for our community, our employees, and their families,” said Mr. Brian Kupchella, Truck-Lite, Inc., President and COO, and major sponsor of the 2010 charity.  “I would personally like to thank our sponsors for linking-together with us and encourage others to join together for this extremely worth-while cause.”

Businesses and/or individuals interested in golfing, sponsoring the Charity, or reserving a ticket for the banquet, can obtain a registration form online at www.linkscharity.com.  Completed registration forms can be mailed to, LINKS Charity, P.O. Box 387, Jamestown, New York 14702-0387.

Major sponsors for the 2010 event include Lead Sponsor, Truck-Lite Company, Inc., Major Sponsors, Cummins Inc., United Refining Company (Country Fair & Kwik Fill), W.C.A. Services Corporation, Inc., and a host of advertisers and event sponsors. The tournament includes 25 Pro-Am LPGA golfers.

“We raised $85,000 last year in support of cancer care, right here in Chautauqua County,” said Bradley VanRiper, Truck-Lite, Inc., Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and LINKS Co-Executive Director. “We couldn’t have done it without our major sponsors, event participants, businesses and community-at-large.  Once again, we are appealing to our generous community to support of this worthy cause.  Even a small donation really helps us meet our goal of ensuring that people facing cancer receive the vital healthcare they need.  We encourage area individuals and businesses to join us in this worth-while cause.”

Digital mammography is a mammography system where x-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electric signals. These detectors are similar to those found in digital cameras. The electrical signals are used to produce images of the breast that can be seen on a computer screen or printed on special films to look like regular mammograms. From the patient's point of view, mammography with a Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) system is essentially the same as the screen-film system. The mammograms will be taken the same way. Digital mammography is the strongest new ally in the fight against breast cancer and delivers better visibility, greater image flexibility, shorter exam times, accelerated results and causes less anxiety to the patient.

“WCA Hospital's move into digital mammography is both important and urgent,” said Lyndon Gritters, M.D., board certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital.  “The Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST), a research study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, has demonstrated that digital mammography is more accurate than standard film mammography for certain groups of women, notably those younger than 50 years of age. It is vital to our patients that we implement digital mammography as soon as possible. Detecting early breast cancer saves lives, and digital mammography will improve our ability to find these early, potentially curable cancers.”

The Charity has raised over a half million dollars for WCA Hospital’s cancer care program over its history.  Funds have been used to advance the medical care and treatment of individuals diagnosed with cancer. The funds have been applied toward state-of-the-art cancer care medical equipment; prevention and early detection programs; educational materials; low cost mammograms, pap tests, and community wellness screenings; new Computed Tomography (CT) Scan; new MRI, brachytherapy, microwave for the treatment of prostate cancer; Endoscopy equipment; 3D cancer treatment planning sentinel node biopsy; Stereotactic breast biopsy; operating room cysto/urology suite; fixed MRI, laboratory equipment, palliative care renovations; and dollars for recruiting highly-skilled physicians and health care professionals.

“LINKS Charity serves as a vital link for individuals diagnosed with cancer,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “We are so grateful to our many friends and supporters for their commitment to serving of the needs of our patients.  Early detection of breast cancer means faster intervention and improved survival rates and we are thrilled that LINKS Charity will help to prepare for the future by supporting the acquisition of a premier digital mammography system that will positively impact the lives of those we serve.  We are extremely delighted that LINKS chose to enhance this important service and take the lead role in being among the first to bring this new technology to our region.”

LINKS Charity, established in 1991, was co-founded by Mrs. Mary Blair and Mrs. Sondra Anderson.  Their commitment and passion along with benevolent volunteers has realized hundreds of thousands of net proceeds that have benefited the WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program.

The WCA Cancer Care Program of WCA Hospital is dedicated to offering compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care. The cancer care program is the only comprehensive program in Chautauqua County to hold a prestigious three-year approval with commendation for its Cancer Care Program from the Commission on Cancer (COC) of the American College of Surgeons.  The three-year approval with commendation is the result of the hospital’s commitment to integrating clinical excellence, programs and community outreach.  WCA is one of only 1,350 programs across the country that has earned approval from the Commission on Cancer.  In New York State, only one in four share this prestigious honor.

“LINKS compassion and commitment help us fulfill our mission today and plan for the bright future that tomorrow holds,” said Betsy Wright.

For more information or to make a donation to LINKS Charity, contact Barbara Brown, (800) 851-2812.

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