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

Shades of Pink Golf Tournament Raise $4,000 For Local Breast Cancer Care


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Shades of Pink Golf Tournament Committee Member Ann Sischo hands Tammara Hodges, WCA Director of Imaging a check for $4,000 for the Shades of Pink Program: from L to R Ann Sischo, Tammara Hodges, WCA Director of Imaging, Dianne Courtney-Freeman, WCA Director of Mammography, Back Row L to R, Randy Grey, Toni DeAngelo, WCA Director of Wellness, Darlene Rowe, Chautauqua County Cancer Care Program.

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, October 13, 2015)—On Friday, August 7th , The first 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 that individuals in the community are able to receive the same care as I received. The money we donate will be able to provide women in the community breast cancer screenings and the care, support, and education that they need to navigate through this journey.”

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 Center For Imaging At WCA where a nurse practitioner or physician performs 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.

Since 2008, the WCA Hospital Breast Navigator has coordinated the education and supportive needs of patients who seek breast health care.  The goal of the program is to assist patients through the breast imaging process and ensure that women (and men too) receive timely care and results.

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.

The Center For Imaging At WCA, recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology’s Commission On Breast Imaging, is located directly behind WCA Hospital, and provides a unique concept of centralizing diagnostic and imaging services under a convenient consumer-friendly outpatient environment designed with comfort, privacy, and convenience in mind.  The Center offers women and men same day mammogram results, bone density testing, Ultrasound Services, PET/CT, MRI Imaging & Breast MRI Imaging, Stereotactic & Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy, and outpatient laboratory services and provides access to the most advanced technology and services available.

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

 
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