LINKS Charity Donates To WCA Hospital

With the presentation of $102,000 in the first installment of LINKS Charity four year pledge of $400,000 for the Discovery 630 System, LINKS Charity exceeded their expectations by $2,000 due to the efforts of the community members, sponsors and volunteers working with LINKS for the past 24 years.

Now in its 25th year, LINKS Charity continues to support WCA Hospital in enhancing local cancer care efforts. LINKS Charity is looking forward to its most ambitious calendar of events and activities yet. Beginning with the annual LPGA golf program, golf scramble and banquet on July 25 and 26 and finishing with the sixth annual LINKS Pink Walk on Oct. 8.

The LINKS Charity efforts were spearheaded by lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins Engine, United Refining Company, The Bilicki Law Firm and Alstar EMS, along with associate sponsors Northwest Insurance Services and Jamestown Savings Bank and community volunteers.

LINKS Charity is taking a leadership role in the local fight against breast cancer with their second year of their four-year, $400,000 pledge toward the purchase of the Discovery 630 System. The nuclear medical technology boasts lower radiation, better image resolution and shorter exam times and will result in an earlier and more accurate diagnosis. The Discovery 630 system will compliment the Digital Mammography which is now operational in the Center for Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA. In total, LINKS Charity has now raised $1,286,000 toward enhancing local cancer care efforts.

“We believe that the Discovery 630 System will work in conjunction with the new Digital Mammography suite at WCA, by boasting lower radiation, increasing image resolution and aiding in earlier and more accurate diagnosis,” says Brad Van Riper, senior vice president for Truck-Lite and executive director of the LINKS Charity. “The $400,000 pledge is an aggressive goal, but we are confident that the community will support this effort to more effectively diagnose breast cancer.”

“Once again, LINKS Charity is proving its extraordinary commitment to local cancer care,” said Betsy T. Wright, president/CEO of WCA Hospital. “We are so thankful that through the hard work and generosity of many that the Center for Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA will stay on the cutting edge of technology which will benefit everyone.”

LINKS Charity, established in 1991, was co-founded by Mary Blair and Sondra Anderson. Their commitment and passion along with many benevolent volunteers, including Allen Short, Executive Director for the first nineteen years, has been remarkable. LINKS Charity continues in its mission to link the community, business and industry together to enhance local cancer care at WCA Hospital. LINKS Charity is spearheaded by lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins, United Refining Company, The Bilicki Law Firm and Alstar EMS, along with associate sponsors, Northwest Insurance Services and Jamestown Savings Bank.

WCA Hospital’s Cancer Care Program, the only program in the region recognized for cancer care excellence by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, is staffed by a team of expert physicians and health care professionals under the medical direction of a board-certified radiation oncologist. The program provides a wide range of cancer care services from routine screenings to the diagnosis and treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer.

To make a tax-deductible gift to support LINKS Charity/Discovery 630, call Megan D’Angelo Barone, WCA Hospital director of development, at 664-8423 or mail the tax-deductible gift to WCA Office of Development, P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, NY 14702-0840.