WCA Foundation hits a strike because bowlers from across the Southern Tier have been supporting the fight against breast cancer for years. Sue Lamb has spearheaded this effort because of personal commitment. She has now taken the effort one step further by endowing their fight with the Framed in Pink: Bowling Over Breast Cancer Fund at WCA Foundation. The perpetual fund will continue to grow with gifts from the community while giving grants to UPMC Chautauqua WCA to help fight breast cancer.
“I think this is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of breast cancer here in our community,” Sue Lamb said. “We have been holding these bowling events for years and have donated money to the Susan G. Komen organization and the American Cancer Society.
“We wondered why should we send our money away to California when we get no recognition. Let’s keep it here was our thought,” Lamb continued. “Four years ago we decided to give locally and started supporting the activities of the hospital’s Cancer Treatment Center. We donated $24,000 before we decided to start the fund with this year’s proceeds of $9,000.
“Starting the Framed in Pink: Bowling Over Breast Cancer Fund at the Foundation will not only let us continue our October fund raising bowling tournament and create an endowment, but it will allow anyone to donate to our cause of fighting breast cancer. They can send a donation whenever they want to say thank you, honor or memorialize someone. It’s a perfect opportunity all year long to fight breast cancer and help local patients,” Lamb said.
“We are so grateful to Jim Mee and Mary Gayton who own Jamestown Bowling Company which hosts our tournament in October of every year. They are super to us,” Lamb added.
Helping with the hard work of putting on a tournament of this size is a committee which includes Sue Lamb, Patti Reed, Julie Abramson, Kristy Moore, Marcia Derby, Megan and Brooke Ludwiczak, Oleta Hannon, Theresa Jackson, Jen Peters, Jenn Erickson, Cindy Johnston, Mary Jo Salvaggio and Michael Maher. Each year Paul Whitford dresses in breast cancer fighting pink for the event and is an all-around helper according to Lamb. Those interested in helping or donating to the event may contact Sue Lamb through the Jamestown Bowling Company.
UPMC Chautauqua WCA’s Cancer Care Program is one of the 25% of NY programs accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The program includes prevention education, screening, diagnostics, data collection and registry, and a holistic approach to Cancer Care.
As new advances are made in surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and other areas of cancer treatment, UPMC Chautauqua WCA is committed to bringing them to the community. The hospital’s aim is to set realistic treatment goals according to the national standards, while meeting medical, psychological and nutritional needs. UPMC Chautauqua WCA provides patients and their families with the answers they need about diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
To participate in fighting breast cancer, donations can be made to the Framed in Pink – Bowling Over Breast Cancer Fund at WCA Foundation, P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, NY 14702-0840 or online at www.wcafoundationjamestown.org/donate. Contact Brigetta Overcash, Executive Director of WCA Foundation, Inc. at 716-664-5461, Brigetta.Overcash@wcahospital.org; or, Megan Barone, WCA Director of Development at 716-664-8423, Megan.DAngelo@wcahospital.org for more information about WCA Foundation and how you can support your community hospital, UPMC Chautauqua WCA.