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Health Foundation Focuses Fundraising on Breast Health

The San Mateo County Health Foundation is hosting The Underwire Project 2 this week.

The San Mateo County Health Foundation is moving closer towards reaching its goal of providing digital mammography at the San Mateo Medical Center—the only hospital in the Bay Area without the technology.

Following the successful Underwire Project fundraiser in April, a women-only affair raising money and awareness, the organization is hosting The Underwire Project 2—a special donor reception aimed at raising the remaining funds needed for digital mammography equipment this Thursday.

“We’re so close to reaching out goal of improving breast health care in San Mateo County through early detection,” said San Mateo County Health Foundation Executive Director Peter Lee.

The foundation, working closely with Lilli Rey and Jill Grossman of Hillsborough, has raised $555,000 of the necessary $750,000.

The public San Mateo Medical Center performs more than 5,500 mammograms each year. With the current equipment, wait time for a mammogram can last up to three months, limiting the quality of service at hospital that serves the most vulnerable women in the County.

“Digital mammography technology would allow us to double our capacity so women in underserved communities can get screenings that will save lives,” said Deputy Director of Clinical Ancillary Services at San Mateo Medical Center, Rita Kavanaugh.

The Thursday event features special guests Susan Ehrlich, medical center CEO, and breast cancer survivor Karen Selmi.

To learn more about the event and donations to the foundation, visit www.smchf.org/events/13/the-underwire-project-2.

Lia Turk November 14, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Thank you again for your coverage of The Underwire Project 2. Donations are still being accepted--we are at $590,000 towards the $750,000 matching goal. All donations received before 12/31/12 will receive a Trina Turk "Spend Me" card in return as a "thank you for your support." Please consider honoring a friend or loved one with a donation in their name for the holidays. With gratitude, The Underwire Project, San Mateo County Health Foundation. www.smchf.org/donate or theunderwireproject@gmail.com

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