Care and Share Annual Campaign Kicks Off
The Crete Area Health Care Foundation kicked off its annual Care and Share campaign last week with the presentation of a $1,000 check from campaign chairs Ron and Tammy Schroeder.
Tammy is a four and half year colon cancer survivor and APRN at BryanLGH Health System's Crete Area Medical Center who is bravely sharing her story of cancer survival to educate people about the importance of getting their preventative screenings and raise funds to purchase a High Definition Colonoscope.
"We are very excited to work with Ron and Tammy to raise both funds and awareness of colorectal health," said Jody Vondra, director of the Foundation.
Colon cancer is one of the leading forms of cancer in the U.S. It is also the most preventable.
According to the American Cancer Society and the medical staff at CAMC, a colonoscopy is a recommended preventative service for everyone age 50 and older. Regular preventative screenings decrease cancer rates and improve the overall health of our communities and cost of health care.
"The High Definition Colonoscope System we are raising funds for generates images using 50 percent more pixels or clarity than any other system," stated Vondra. "The clarity of these images, along with computer enhancement techniques increases early detection and removal of pre-cancerous polyps."
Much like digital mammography, a high definition colonoscope provides state-of-the-art diagnostic intelligence that is only available in limited locations.
"We have four physicians --Dr. Jason Hesser, Dr. Kate Hesser, Dr. Troy Miller and Dr. Walt Garnder-- at the medical center who conduct colonoscopies," stated Schroeder. "This is almost of unheard of in a community our size."
"We look forward to working with the Foundation to purchase this state-of-the-art equipment that will aid us in delivering a better future for our patients and changing lives," stated Carol Friesen, president and CEO of Crete Area Medical Center.
The Crete Area Health Care Foundation was founded in 1991 to receive funds on behalf of Crete Area Medical Center and the Wilber Medical Clinic - all of which are not-for-profit entities.
To date, the Foundation has granted more than $2.5 million towards the purchase of medical equipment, professional development and scholarships. All monies raised are reinvested locally and designated solely for the advancement of the Crete Area Medical Center.
For more information or to become a financial supporter, contact Jody Vondra at (402) 826-6581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.