DOWAGIAC, MI – Ginny Koontz doesn’t let life’s trials slow her down. Not even a diagnosis of breast cancer.
The vivacious 69-year-old Cassopolis area resident was diagnosed last fall and underwent surgery at Borgess Medical Center in late October. Following her surgery, along with 33 radiation treatments and oncoplastic surgery, Ginny today may be the ideal pitch woman on the importance of mammograms.
“The biggest thing of all is early detection,” she said. “I tell all my friends, some older than I, not to put off the mammogram. Today, I feel great and my cancer is cured. I sing about mammograms to the highest hill. The mammogram saved my life.”
Embrace the spirit of giving, and give someone a free mammogram. That’s the message behind the 2013 Lee Memorial Foundation Borgess Tree of Love campaign which kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Farr Park in Dowagiac. This year’s campaign fundraising goal is $8,000.
“According to national data, one out of every five women in Cass County does not have insurance to cover breast cancer detection services like mammography,” said Karen Judd, chair, Lee Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees. “Every contribution counts, which is why we urge everyone to support the Tree of Love campaign. Your donation could provide a mammogram to an area woman – a relative, a friend, a neighbor – who can’t afford one. Tree of Love helps area women beat the odds.”
In 2011, the Lee Memorial Foundation launched the first Borgess Tree of Love program in Cass County. Since then, community donations to this campaign have assisted dozens of low-income women without health insurance in receiving free mammograms and diagnostic mammography services at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. Last year’s campaign, also sponsored by the Lee Memorial Foundation, reached nearly
$9,000 in total donations and was proudly supported by more than 100 area donors.
Every $8 donation to the Tree of Love campaign will help a woman receive a mammogram, as well as allow donors to honor or remember someone important in their lives. (Each honoree will be mailed a special “tribute” card.) Every $80 donation will sponsor a mammogram for a woman and allow donors to honor or remember up to 10 people.
To make a donation or learn more about the 2013 Tree of Love campaign, call the Lee Memorial Foundation at (269) 783.3026.