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‘Digital Mammography Helped Save My Life’
Penn Yan resident Joanne Drewno is extremely grateful for digital mammography technology. In fact, Drewno, a retired nurse, credits digital mammography with saving her life.

“I am certain if I had not had a digital mammogram, my medical team would not have found my breast tumor," she said recently.

In January 2007, at age 59, Drewno’s doctors found a malignant breast tumor as a result of her annual mammogram screening, diagnosing her with stage-one cancer. “This was a very deep tumor that was not palpable,” Drewno said. She went on to have a lumpectomy to remove the tumor, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. “My doctor told me I was going to have one lousy summer so that I could have 20 more good ones,” Drewno said.

Drewno and her husband, Walter, moved to Penn Yan 23 years ago when Joanne began her nursing career at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital as nurse manager for Unit 1 at The Homestead. She later served as Director of Nursing for Long Term Care at The Homestead until she retired in 1996.

“When we came to Penn Yan, I was told I needed a mammogram with more definition because my breasts are very dense,” Drewno said. “I ended up going to a facility in Rochester for my mammograms because of the technology needed, but I would have much preferred the convenience of having it done right here at S&S.”

As a Yates County resident and a long-time employee/nurse with S&S, Drewno is thrilled that the hospital is working to secure a digital mammography unit. “It’s a much better technology, and something women in our community need and deserve,” she said.

The 2010 Campaign: The Finger Lakes Health Foundation has dedicated its 2010 Annual Campaign to raising $150,000 in order to bring this latest technology to S&S. The digital mammography unit, which produces extremely high quality images, will provide the very latest mammogram imaging to women in Yates County.
“The campaign is important,” said Karen Cegelski of the Foundation. “Each year, over 40,000 women in the U.S. die of breast cancer. Digital mammography – the latest tool in breast imaging – is improving the odds of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages.”

To make a gift, send a check to the Finger Lakes Health Foundation, 418 North Main, Penn Yan, NY 14527. Be sure to mark the check’s memo line “digital mammography.” To make a gift of appreciated securities, or to learn more about ways of giving, call Cegelski or Ruth Benedict, Finger Lakes Health Foundation, (315) 531-2050. Donors may also make a secure gift online at www.flhealth.org/foundation. The website also features a printable pledge card, allowing donors to print out a gift form to complete and return by mail.

Join the “Walkway of Friends” with a Gift of $500 or More
With a gift of $500 or more, the donor’s name, or the names of friends, family or other loved ones the donor wishes to remember or honor, can be engraved on a brick and set in the “Walkway of Friends” at the new entrance to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. These special bricks are a permanent recognition of those who care deeply about the health and wellness of our community, and are a meaningful way to remember or honor loved ones.

Receive a Butterfly Pin with a Gift of $50 or More

Individuals who make a minimum gift of $50 will receive a jewelry quality Breast Cancer Awareness Butterfly Ribbon Lapel Pin to wear, or present to a special woman in his/her life. Each pin is mounted on a card featuring a verse explaining the pin’s symbolic meaning. The back of the card promotes early detection and details the American Cancer Society’s recommended breast screening guidelines.
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