The Wakeman Eagles Auxiliary Aerie 4354 raised $3,000 for the Fisher-Titus Mammography Fund during its sixth annual "Poker Run, Walk or Ride" in October.
To raise the money, women, men and children walked, ran and rode a 2.5-mile trip, enjoying stops for games and refreshments at the homes of five auxiliary members. Seventy-seven walkers made the circuit on what turned out to be a very warm, 90 degree day.
With the addition of a 50/50 drawing and a raffle, the auxiliary raised almost $2,500. The Eagles Aerie 4354 voted to add $500 and the auxiliary rounded the total up to the $3,000 gift.
"We appreciate the time the auxiliary devoted to the event and this very generous donation to the Fisher-Titus Mammography Fund," said Michele Skinn, director of the Fisher-Titus Foundation.
This was the first year the proceeds were donated to the local fund. In the past, the event's net proceeds were sent to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Event organizers Jackie Krupp, Barb Harsar, Alice Martin and Patty Roesch decided to donate the money locally this year.
"We wanted to support women's health, and we wanted to have an impact right here close to home," Harsar said. "The Fisher-Titus Mammography Fund allowed us to reach both of those goals and we are very excited about supporting this life-saving program."
"The FTMC Mammography Fund is available to women in our region who otherwise may not be able to access this life saving screening," Skinn said. "The fund provides mammograms for uninsured and underinsured residents in our service area who otherwise cannot afford them."
To learn more about the FTMC Mammography Fund, call FTMC financial services at (419) 668-8101, ext. 6278 or (800) 589-3862, ext. 6278.
To contribute to the fund, interested persons can contact Michele Skinn at the Fisher-Titus Foundation, at (419) 660-2528.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women, behind only lung cancer. One of the most important ways to protect yourself is to get screened regularly.