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Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital Foundation Receives Donations for Breast Cancer from Local Schools

Posted Date: 10/25/2023
The Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital Foundation Pink Fund has received numerous donations from local schools as a part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month “Pink Outs.”

The Pink Fund provides financial support for uninsured patients to receive the breast cancer screenings they need. The Mon Health Preston Memorial Foundation Pink Fund was founded in 2012 because a group of dedicated Preston High School students raised funds through t-shirt sales, wanting to help prevent breast cancer.

Since the Pink Fund was founded, Mon Health Preston Memorial has held Pink Out events at Preston County high schools, and as of 2022, local middle schools, to educate the public about breast cancer, breast health, and breast cancer prevention.

This month, there have been four Pink Outs, including the following: Preston High School boys and girls soccer teams, Preston High School volleyball team, Central Preston Middle School and Terra Alta East Preston School volleyball teams, and Preston High School football.

“The Pink Fund creates access to necessary breast cancer screenings to patients who otherwise would not be able to get screened,” said Melissa Lockwood, Chief Administrative Officer of Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital. “As a nonprofit hospital, funds like these play an important role in allowing us to accomplish our goal of enhancing the health of the communities we serve, one person at a time.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in West Virginia. Studies show that screenings with 3D mammography increase breast cancer detection rates by nearly 40%, and at Mon Health, all patients receive mammography results within 24 hours.

“We are incredibly thankful to everyone who has made donations to the Pink Fund,” said Luella Gunter, Executive Director of Philanthropy. “Because of generous donations like these, residents in Preston County are getting the healthcare they need.”

To date, the Pink Fund has raised over $25,000 and has enabled 92 patients to receive much-needed breast cancer screenings.

If you are interested in supporting the Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital Foundation Pink Fund, visit MonHealth.com/Preston-Memorial/Foundation

To schedule your 3D mammogram, visit MonHealth.com/Mammogram.
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