Sturgis – August, 2009
Sarah Snyder’s family history of breast cancer has been a constant concern to her for many years. As Sarah’s 50th birthday approached, she began to worry about how she would be able to afford a mammogram to screen for cancer. Sarah’s husband was unemployed and uninsured. Sarah was a self employed mother of five, also with no health insurance.
Sarah saw the ad for Pink Saturdays for the Cure in the newspaper. She called right away and got an appointment for a free mammogram. Unfortunately, a pressing matter made it impossible to make it to her designated appointment. She called in mid October to reschedule, but all the spots were filled and she was placed on a waiting list.
Sarah was lucky. She was called three days later and was able to receive her mammogram. A few weeks later Sarah was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. Of course like most women who receive a Breast Cancer diagnosis, Sarah cried but “Early detection saved my life and my business.” “The process for receiving my FREE mammogram was easy,” she said.
“I urge every woman to get their annual mammogram…. There is help out there,” says Sarah. “Following my diagnosis, I was grateful the Breast Cervical and Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) was there to take care of my treatment and follow-up.”
Join a team of experts and local legislators to learn more about breast health at the 2009 Pink Saturdays for the Cure event on Tuesday, September 15 at 9:00 A.M. at the West Michigan Cancer Center in Kalamazoo.
Partners in the Pink Saturdays for the Cure 2009 initiative are many. They include: Borgess Medical Center; Borgess Westside Lab and Radiology; Borgess-Pipp Hospital; Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital; Borgess At Woodbridge Hills; Premier Radiology; Bronson Center for Women; Bronson Diagnostics at Woodbridge/ Bronson Lakeview Hospital; Bronson Vicksburg Hospital; Advanced Radiology Services PC—Kalamazoo Division; Community Hospital; Oaklawn Hospital; Sturgis Hospital; Summit Radiology; Allegan General Hospital; Southwest Michigan Radiology; Lakeland HealthCare; Radiology Associates of Berrien County; Midwestern Pathology; Radiology Consultants PLC; The Cancer Care Center at Battle Creek Health System; Battle Creek Health System; South Haven Community Hospital; Michigan State University-Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies; West Michigan Cancer Center; the Southwest Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program and the Southwest Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
To discuss eligibility and schedule a mammogram, call toll-free 1-800-873-0649.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.
About Borgess Health
Borgess Health is a health system that offers high quality care in such areas as cardiovascular, neurosciences, orthopedics, vascular surgery, women’s health, primary care, emergency medicine, bariatrics, imaging, and long-term acute care. Borgess Health includes Borgess Medical Center, Borgess-Pipp Hospital, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, Borgess at Woodbridge Hills, Borgess Visiting Nurse & Hospice, Borgess VNA Home Health & Hospice (now part of Reverence Home Health & Hospice), Borgess Staffing Solutions, Borgess Health & Fitness Center, Borgess Gardens and many additional owned or affiliated services. The 123-year-old health ministry serves residents of 10 counties. It is one of the area’s largest health care providers and also is one of the largest employers. Borgess Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.