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Contact: Megan D’Angelo
WCA Director of Development
Telephone: (716) 8423. Fax: (716) 664-8336

Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union helps LINKS Pink Walk and their Celebration of Courage on October 3rd

WCA Hospital
Pictured are Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union Staff Members from left to right: Heather Harley-Passanise, Amber Light, Maria Schultz, Anna Conner, Kelly Haaskma, Kim Survil, Lori FitzPatrick, Julie Fenton, Jim Loree, Traci Spencer, Wendy Loftus, Shirley Brown, Julie Conklin, Kim Walczak, Madison Bush.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, September 28, 2015)—LINKS Charity will host the 5th annual LINKS Pink Walk: A Celebration of Courage presented by Jamestown Radiologists and Univera Healthcare Saturday, October  3rd at the Chautauqua Mall (318 E. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood). This special event will celebrate the courage of those who have faced breast cancer. All proceeds stay in Chautauqua County to enhance breast cancer care.

The LINKS Pink Walk festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. with registration and many family-friendly activities including face painting, coloring table for children, pink nails, pink lemonade, pink cupcakes, pink cake pops, a fabulous basket raffle and more. At 10:45 a.m., LINKS Charity will pay tribute to the courage of all those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, including a personal patient testimonial by Karrie Olmstead and video message from breast cancer survivor, Gina Bloomquist, will be viewed on a large screen in center court.

At 11:00 a.m., the walk will begin and be led by breast cancer survivors as all walkers will carry the LINKS Tribute Chain, a chain featuring thousands of pink links that have been purchased ($1 donation) in honor or in memory of loved ones who are or have faced breast cancer. Donations for these pink links are available at supporting event businesses including, Bob Evans, Truck-Lite, Cummins, Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union branches, AFFINITY ONE Credit Union on Second Street, the Chautauqua Mall, Jamestown Radiologists and WCA Hospital.

Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union sold over 1,200 links last year among their 5 branch locations and has a goal of 1,500 this year. They have helped significantly in the fight against breast cancer. Kim Survil, design coordinator/business development with Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union is thankful to the Links Charity and proud to participate each year in this event. Kim states, “We participate in this charity because the proceeds have helped bring advancements in technology for early detection to our community. Breast cancer has affected most people’s lives in one way or another; and we’ve stood by our Staff, Officials and Membership as they battled through this disease. Your donations make a difference and we want to thank everyone who has donated this year and previous years!”

Following the walk, participants will form a human breast cancer ribbon in the Mall Parking Lot. After the walk, attendees and event volunteers will be treated a complimentary lunch by Bob Evans. At that time, attendees will continue to enjoy the pink-themed activities along with LIVE music provided by EMPIRE Entertainment LIVE DJ.

Along with lunch, each registered walker ($10 per person) will receive a complimentary pink event t-shirt to wear during the walk. Walkers are encouraged to pre-register and join a team on-line at or register on-line at or call Megan D’Angelo, WCA Hospital at (716) 664-8423 for Pre-Registration Forms and Pledge Sheets.

Earlier this year, LINKS Charity announced that it is once again taking a leadership role in the local fight against breast cancer by starting their $400,000 pledge toward the purchase of the Discovery 630 system. This cutting-edge technology will compliment LINKS Charity’s most recent gift ($300,000) to aid in the diagnosis of breast cancer through the purchase of the 3-D Tomosynthesis which is now operational in the WCA Center for Imaging & Medical Arts. LINKS Charity and WCA Hospital recognize that early detection means faster intervention, more treatment options, and improved survival rates.

“We believe that the Discovery 630 system is the next logical piece of the puzzle as it will work in conjunction with the new Digital Mammography suite at WCA,” says Brad Van Riper, Senior Vice President for Truck-Lite and Executive Director for LINKS Charity. “We invite and encourage everyone to come out and join us for this family-friendly event as we celebrate courage, raise awareness, and support the future of breast cancer care here at our community hospital.”

In addition to the major and associate sponsors of LINKS Charity (Truck Lite, Cummins, ALSTAR EMS, United Refining, The Bilicki Law Firm, Jamestown Savings Bank, and Northwest Savings Bank), the Presenting Sponsors of the 2015 LINKS Pink Walk are Jamestown Radiologists and Univera Healthcare.

To learn more about the LINKS Pink Walk or to sponsor the walk, please contact Megan D’Angelo, WCA Director of Development at (716) 664-8423 or email,

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