Several events were coordinated to raise money and collectively, more than $1,500 was donated.

MIAMI – Foundation board members and staff from Integris Miami Hospital extend their gratitude to all who volunteered their time, effort and money to help provide mammograms for at risk, low-income women. Several events were coordinated to raise money and collectively, more than $1,500 was donated.

The City of Miami firefighters sold breast cancer T-shirts that raised $642, and cheerleaders from Wyandotte High School held several fundraisers that resulted in proceeds of $901.

Money from the fundraisers was deposited into an account through the hospital’s foundation to provide free screening mammograms for women who cannot afford them and would otherwise forego preventive care. Thanks to the outpouring of support from volunteers, nearly a dozen women were able to obtain ultrasounds as well as screening and diagnostic mammograms thanks to these generous donations.

Integris staff members hope to encourage other schools and businesses to host fundraisers to increase the number of women who can have access to mammograms and other breast diagnostic services.

Jonas Rabel, president of Integris Miami, said, “I am humbled by these generous donations. We are blessed that our community supports our foundation and our efforts to improve the health of the women in our community. Having three different groups come together to raise funds to help provide mammograms to those in need is heart-warming.”

Foundation President Becky Acupan is thankful for the support. Acupan said, “On behalf of the Integris Miami Foundation, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the City of Miami, Miami Fire Department and the Wyandotte cheerleaders for their dedication to this cause. It is vitally important that screenings be provided annually for certain age groups and for individuals with risk factors. The money available through the foundation will make a positive impact in the lives of those we serve.”

According to the American Cancer Society, “Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). But millions of women are surviving the disease thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.”

For more information, please contact Tara Oelke at 918-540-7103.