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Fund Helps Women Get Screened For Breast Cancer

Monday, December 19th, 2011 -- 2:37 PM

Press Release:

NEILLSVILLE, WI (December 19, 2011) --- Five years ago, Peggy and Wayne Gross made a decision to help women of our area, and assist in making health care more accessible for people in need. The decision, uniting Gross Motors and three area medical facilities, including Memorial Medical Center ? Neillsville, led to the establishment of the Gross Motors Mammography Fund. Once again, Memorial Medical Center proudly accepted the donation for the fund from the Gross Family on December 8, 2011.

Inspired by Peggy?s personal experience with breast cancer, Gross Motors hosts an annual October vehicle sale which coincides with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Held at all three dealership locations, $50 is donated to the Mammogram Fund every time a customer takes a vehicle test drive. The goal is not only to encourage women to have their annual mammograms, but also make mammograms more accessible by removing the cost barrier.

At Memorial Medical Center ? Neillsville, the fund is managed through our Patient Access Representative. ?It is our goal at Memorial Medical Center to provide service and care at its best to our community. We educate on the importance of getting preventive screenings. We also understand that cost can be a real barrier for many. Thankfully, we have a solution for our patients, through the Gross Motors Fund. Our patients who qualify are so appreciative and it feels great to help those in need,? states Joan Scheffer, Patient Access Representative.

Screening mammography is the best way to detect breast cancer in the earliest stages of the disease; it can detect breast cancer before it can be detected by a physician?s exam or any symptoms appear. Breast cancer detected early is much less invasive to treat, and has the best survival rate. It is important to discuss with your doctor all aspects of your health, including breast health. Together, you can determine when you should have a screening mammogram exam.

For more information on the Gross Motors Mammogram Fund at Memorial Medical Center, contact Joan Scheffer at 715.743.3101.

Photo caption: Peggy and Wayne Gross present a check to Memorial Medical Center?s Registered Radiologic Technologists Julie Ziegler and Melody Kuhn (left to right) and Patient Access Representative Joan Scheffer (far right), continuing the Gross Motors Mammogram Fund.

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