13 Friends for Life: Grant for Mammograms

Saint Mary's Foundation

Saint Mary's Foundation Grand Girlfriends™ have awarded the Mercy Health Comprehensive Breast Center in Grand Rapids $10,000 to provide mammograms and high risk assessments for the under served.

"We are thrilled to be able to provide this level of support to the women in our community,"stated Deb Bailey, Chair of the Saint Mary's Foundation Board. "Access to annual mammograms and risk assessments are critical. Quite simply - early diagnosis leads to better outcomes."

According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics, for every 100,000 persons in Michigan, an average of 490 are diagnosed with cancer and 197 die from it. Death from breast cancer has declined 20% over the past decade due to screening initiatives. The goal of this program is to provide breast imaging and high risk assessments, which are often the most financially burdensome of diagnostic procedures, to underserved women.

Bailey's passion for this project goes beyond her position as Chair of the Saint Mary's Foundation Board. She is also a three-time cancer survivor.

"Being diagnosed with cancer 3 times was certainly not on my list of things I wanted to experience; I often say it was the worst and the best thing to happen to me for so many reasons. What I certainly have appreciated is the incredible medical services available in this community."

This grant will award fifty-four mammograms and six high risk assessments.

As the only centers of their kind in West Michigan, Mercy Health Comprehensive Breast Centers (located in both Grand Rapids and Muskegon) deliver prompt, personal, specialized care for all aspects of breast health. Here, we focus on total breast health — from screening mammograms and lifetime cancer risk analysis to, when necessary, the latest surgical procedures and treatments.For more information about mammography services, visit www.mercyhealthbreastcare.com. In Grand Rapids, call 616.202.2699; in Muskegon call 231.238.3548.

Courtesy: Mercy Health


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