Community Unites in Support of Breast Health

When Dr. Jeff Taber told Windom, Minnesota resident Tammy Hall that she had breast cancer in November 2010, the first thing she said was, “Something good is going to come of this.”

Tammy was right – in addition to overcoming cancer herself, Tammy’s has spearheaded efforts that will enable other women in the community prevent and defeat the disease as well.

Tammy (top photo, right) turned her attention to helping others soon after finishing her cancer treatments in June 2011.  With the help of her daughter, Tyann Marcy (top photo, left) of Mountain Lake, Tammy coordinated a Breast Health Walk, raffle and lunch that took place that October.  The inaugural event raised more than $23,000, which the Halls donated to the Windom Area Hospital Foundation’s Breast Health Fund in order to purchase digital mammography equipment for the hospital’s Imaging Department. Another event coordinated by Tyann in February 2012 – “An Affair to Remember,” an intimate meal with live entertainment at River City Eatery – provided an additional $1,400 for the Breast Health Fund.

Thanks to money raised from the two events plus several private donations to the fund, Tammy’s dream of helping other women is now a reality – Windom Area Hospital’s governing and foundation boards both recently approved using money from the Breast Health Fund to help purchase the in-house digital mammography equipment.  Private support included a $46,000 gift from the Daisy Jacobs estate and a $50,000 grant the TORO Foundation, with the balance of the cost being paid using existing hospital general funds.  The equipment is now installed and fully functional.

Tammy is thrilled that the hospital can now offer digital mammography services on-site.  “One of the keys to early detection of breast cancer is digital mammography,” she explains.  “We have been lucky to have digital mammography here on the mobile unit, but we needed more.  Having this equipment will save the lives of women that we know and love.”

But that doesn’t mean Tammy is about to stop helping others – Windom Area Hospital’s second annual Breast Health Walk, which took place on October 13th, 2012, included 377 participants and raised more than $14,000 for the Breast Health Fund.  According to Tammy and representatives from the hospital, the fund will continue supporting local breast health by providing community education and financial support to patients undergoing breast health treatment.

 

For more information, contact Katie Slette at 507.831.0625 or Katie.Slette@SanfordHealth.org

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