KALAMAZOO, MI — The season of giving is officially here, and the Borgess Tree of Love still seeks gifts of hope and healing. Community donations to this vital fundraising campaign have assisted thousands of area low-income women without health insurance with free mammograms and diagnostic mammography services.
To date, the Borgess Foundation has raised $48,418 toward this year’s goal of $60,000. More than $10,400 was also garnered to benefit the Tree of Love through “The Tribute,” an exclusive, 50s-style party held on November 9 at Western Michigan University’s Richmond Center that featured live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine tasting.
One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. When breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 98 percent. However, according to national data, one in five women in southwest Michigan does not have insurance to cover breast cancer detection services like mammography.
“Through the generosity of our community, we hope to see our trees truly shine with thousands of pink lights,” said Tony McDonnell, chief development officer, Borgess Foundation. “Every single donation makes a difference. Your gift could provide a mammogram to an area woman—a relative, a friend, a neighbor—who can’t afford one, and that could save her life.”
Every $8 donation to the Borgess Tree of Love 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 acknowledgment 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 today, call The Borgess Foundation at (269) 226.8100 or visit treeoflove.borgess.com.
Four Shining Events
Four separate Tree of Love lighting ceremonies will be held in 2012: Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital (Dowagiac) on November 29 at 5:30 p.m., Borgess-Pipp Hospital (Plainwell) on November 30 at 6 p.m., Borgess Medical Center (Kalamazoo) on December 4 at 6 p.m., and Borgess at Woodbridge Hills-North (Portage) on December 6 at 2:30 p.m.