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Contact: Megan D’Angelo
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LINKS Charity Announces 2015 Dates & New $400,000 Pledge to Support Local Breast Cancer Care at WCA


WCA Hospital
Members of the LINKS Charity Planning Committee and Mammography Department gather in one of the LINKS dedicated Mammography Suite from (L to R) Megan D’Angelo, WCA Director of Development, Dianne Courtney Freeman, Senior Radiology Technologist and Certified Breast Navigator, Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital FACHE President/CEO; Brad Van Riper, LINKS Charity Executive Director and Truck-Lite Sr. Vice President and CTO; Tammara L.C. Hodges, WCA Director of Imaging, and Lyndon Gritters, M.D., board-certified radiologist; on the medical staff of WCA Hospital

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, April 9, 2015) – Now in its 24th year, LINKS Charity is looking forward to its most ambitious calendar of events and activities yet. Beginning with the annual LPGA golf pro-am, golf scramble, and banquet on July 27 and 28, and finishing with the 5th Annual LINKS Pink Walk on October 3rd, 2015, should prove to be another record-breaking fundraising year for LINKS Charity.

Spearheaded by lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins, United Refining Company, The Bilicki Law Firm and Alstar EMS, along with associate sponsors, Veracity Benefits and Jamestown Savings Bank, LINKS Charity also announced that it is once again taking a leadership role in the local fight against breast cancer by making a new 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. In total, LINKS Charity has now raised $1,184,000 toward enhancing local cancer care efforts.

“We believe that the Discovery 630 System will work in conjunction with the new Digital Mammography suite at 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 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 WCA Hospital. LINKS Charity is spearheaded by lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins, United Refining Company, The Bilicki Law Firm and Alstar EMS, along with associate sponsors, Veracity Benefits and Jamestown Savings Bank.

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 D’Angelo, WCA Director of Development, at (716) 664-8423 or mail your tax-deductible gift to: WCA Office of Development, P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, New York 14702-0840.

 
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