BUFFALO — Midway BBQ in the Buffalo community will be the site of a fundraising event for the Susan G. Komen Foundation hosted by the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health — Union.
In a statement released Thursday, the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System announced that the event will be held at Midway BBQ from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8. The press release states that during Monday’s fundraiser the people of Union County can help raise money for the Foundation by:
• Signing up for the Susan G. Komen Race.
• Buying a ticket to a pancake breakfast.
• Purchasing a coupon book.
The press release states that anyone who signs up for the race will get a free dessert from Midway BBQ.
Susan G. Komen Foundation
The Susan G. Komen Foundation is named for Susan Goodman Komen, an Illinois woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33 and died of the disease in 1980 at the age of 36. Komen’s younger sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker, believed that her sister might have survived if cancer patients knew more about cancer and its treatments. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything she could to bring an end to breast cancer. To achieve that goal, Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen Foundation in 1982 in memory of her sister.
Since then, the Foundation has raised and spent nearly $1.5 billion on breast cancer education, research, advocacy, health services and social support programs in America and in 50 other countries. It has more than 100,000 volunteers working in 124 affiliates around the world.
Among its fundraising events is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure which consists of a series of 5K runs and fitness walks to raise money for breast cancer treatment and research, raise awareness of the disease, celebrate those who have survived breast cancer, and memorialize those who have not.
Donations collected by the participants in the race are the primary source of revenue generated by the event. Three-quarters of the net proceeds from the event remain within the community to pay for community outreach programs, breast health education, and breast cancer screening and treatment projects run by the local Komen affiliate. The balance is sent to the Foundation itself.
The fundraiser is being hosted by the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health — Union. It is part of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System which also operates Union Medical Center and Ellen Sagar Nursing Center in Union County. The facility is the latest breast health center to be opened by the SRHS which also has breast health centers in Spartanburg and Greer.
According to the SRHS website (www.spartanburgregional.com) a Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health “uses advanced digital mammography that can identify tumors too small to be felt during a physical or self-exam, a vital part of saving lives through early detection. All mammograms performed at any of our locations are read by physicians with specialty training in breast imaging. Each Bearden-Josey location mirrors the advanced screening techniques and patient-centered philosophy found at the fully accredited Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health located on the campus of Spartanburg Medical Center.”
The website further states that the centers encourage “all women over 40 years of age to receive an annual mammogram. If you are at high risk for breast cancer as determined by your health history, talk to your physician about getting screened earlier. Mammography is the key to detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages when it is most treatable.”
The Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health — Union is located at 407 West South Street, Union. Its office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. To make an appointment, please call the Union Medical Center Imaging Department at 864-301-2623.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.