ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR)— According to the American Cancer Society 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their life time. Normally, MVHS hosts a breast cancer telethon in March, but with COVID restrictions still in place, they had to get creative.
“This coming Wednesday, October 21st we’re having a virtual event. It’s going to be a Facebook live event from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. We’re going to just try to still raise funds for our stomp out cancer telethon and the focus this year is one a new linear accelerator for our radiation oncology program. We really want to make sure that we have the resources here in the community so patients can stay here for their treatment and not travel outside of the city.” – Nancy Butcher, Executive Director, Cancer Services Program, MVHS
The event will be on the MVHS Facebook page. They’ve partnered with some local businesses to help with giveaways and gift cards for donors.
“If you give a donation of $100 Symeon’s gives a $10 gift certificate. If you give another $200, Utica coffee also gives a $10 gift certificate. . . Symeon’s is going to go to local businesses and there’s going to be different challenges. Chanatry’s is one. The first number of people will get a $25 gift card.” – Nancy Butcher, Executive Director, Cancer Services Program, MVHS
Even though we’re still battling a pandemic, Nancy says we can’t forget our battle against breast cancer.
“Even though COVID came cancer didn’t stop. So cancer is still prominent in our community, we still need to continue our fight against cancer and raising awareness and building funds to make sure that we have all of the necessary resources is crucial. Making sure that patients still go get their screening because screening is key in diagnosing cancers at an earlier stage.” – Nancy Butcher, Executive Director, Cancer Services Program, MVHS
For more information on how to donate, visit MVHS’ website here.