Contact: Joan Hermes
The women of the Sauk Valley were in the hearts and minds of many area groups this past October.
All ages were involved in raising funds to provide breast health services in partnership with the CGH Health Foundation and CGH Women’s Imaging Center.
From the students at St. Andrew School, to the Amboy High School volleyball team to all those individuals who ate a pizza during Angelo’s Pizzerias Pink Promotion, there were hundreds of people who donated.
“We are overwhelmed each October by the outpouring of caring by so many groups who want to support our long-time Women’s Health Program,” said Joan Hermes, executive director of the Foundation. “What is so great is seeing the next generation of community volunteers learning how to put others first. This is so important for a more friendly, caring Sauk Valley to have our youth experience what it means to help others.”
Those organizing breast cancer awareness events included: Amboy High School Lady Clippers volleyball team, $6,001; Angelo’s Pizzerias, $19,067; B’Lush, $380; Bureau Valley Schools, $456; Newman Central Catholic High School, $86; Select Employees Credit Union, $250; St. Andrew School, $162.50; and Touchdowns for TaTas, $1,000.
Because of their generosity, women living in the Sauk Valley area will be able to receive a screening mammogram with no out-of-pocket costs, regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. In addition, if more tests such as diagnostic screenings, ultrasounds, breast biopsies or MRIs are needed, the Foundation will help pay for a portion of these costs.
Proceeds will also provide CGH Medical Center cancer patients with comfort bags. These totes contain gas and meal gift cards, soothing lotion, mint tea, queasy pops, ice pack, water bottle, puzzle books and other items which can assist them in their journey. Meals for Oncology patients receiving chemotherapy, scarves, turbans, wigs, surgical camisoles and other items will also be provided as needed.
Donations are accepted year-round by calling Joan at (815) 625-0400, ext. 5672, or make a gift online.