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In The News

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Funds raised at Fashion Week bring 3D Mammography

Because of the generosity of thousands of individuals in the last seven years, funds raised at Fashion Week, Sandusky Style are now being used to help purchase state-of-the-art 3D mammography equipment for Firelands Center for Breast Care. To learn more about how donations helped to purchase this item and about how tomosynthesis is changing the way breast cancer is detected, watch the video below.

Grant from Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio 2015

2013KomennwologoThe Foundation for Firelands, supporting Firelands Regional Medical Center, was recently awarded a grant from Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio to provide funding for women who are in need of breast health screenings and may not be able to afford them.

The $35,995 grant will be used to provide free screenings, diagnostic testing and treatment for breast cancer to uninsured and underinsured (those with high deductible plans) women of Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties.

“We are grateful to partner with Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio in their mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering others, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures,” says Alice Springer, director of development. “As a medical center that serves several of Northwest Ohio’s counties with the highest incidence of breast cancer, Firelands Regional Medical Center is committed to screening, early detection and treatment of breast cancers in our area.  During 2014, the Center for Breast Care at Firelands added a full-time breast health navigator to help patients receive timely treatment and remove barriers to treatment in order to improve breast cancer outcomes. Komen’s funding of preventative care and treatment responds to an immediate and important need for our friends, family and loved ones.”

Firelands Regional Medical Center will continue to offer free mammogram screenings and begin offering free monthly clinical breast exam clinics for residents in the above-mentioned counties. In addition, self-referrals for mammograms will continue to be accepted through the Center for Breast Care at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

According to the Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio 2011 Community Profile, over 36% of women in Erie County have reported not having a mammogram in the last 12 months, with 37% in Ottawa County and 38% in Sandusky County. The incidence rate of breast cancer in these counties are higher than State of Ohio averages.

“Prevention education and early detection is essential in improving breast cancer outcomes and it is our goal is to get the message out about Komen resources,” said Angela Brickner, director of community outreach. “We want women to know that we are here to help with any barriers they may be dealing with when it comes to getting their breast health screenings. In addition to financial assistance, Firelands also offers a transportation program for those who may need a ride to their appointment.”

To schedule a mammogram, please call call 419-557-7879. For a list of screening dates, please visit the calendar section of or call 419-557-7410.

Drive 4 UR Community 2014

Drive4urcomm2014Mathews Ford, The Foundation for Firelands and members of the local community helped raise much-needed funds for Firelands Regional Medical Center - Center for Women and Newborns at a recent test-drive event, as part of Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR Community program. More than 300 Sandusky-area residents test-drove a Ford vehicle at Mathews Ford dealership at 310 E. Perkins Avenue on April 26. Mathews Ford and Ford Motor Company donated $20 per person, totaling $6,000, with funds going toward Firelands Regional Medical Center - Center for Women and Newborns.

In an effort to go further, Ford has developed the Drive 4 UR Community program, which is modeled after the successful Drive 4 UR School program. To date, Ford dealerships and local communities across the United States have helped to raise more than $20 million for high schools thanks to their hard work and partnership with the Drive 4 UR School program.

“I am more than thrilled that so many people from the local community turned out to support The Foundation for Firelands, and I’ve never been more proud to be a Ford dealer. Participants had the chance to take a fun, casual drive in one of our vehicles, while lending our community a much-needed helping hand,” said Bob Mathews, owner of Mathews Ford.

“With all the cutbacks in healthcare, finding creative ways to fundraise is imperative,” said Alice Springer, Director of Development for The Foundation for Firelands. “The money from Ford will make a difference to our patients and it says a lot about who they are as a company. The money raised on April 26 will help fund renovations to create the new Firelands Regional Medical Center - Center for Women and Newborns.”

“Caddyshack” Open 2013

FoundationCaddyshackOpenLogoThe 2013 Foundation for Firelands “Caddyshack” Open Party and Golf Tournament sponsored by KeyBank, raised more than $76,000, proceeds of which will benefit the Firelands Cancer Program Fund. The fund provides uninsured and underinsured cancer patients with medications, transportation, nutrition assistance, physician-prescribed stress-relieving therapies and much more before, during and after receiving treatment at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

The popular event featured a pre-tournament party on Sunday night with island-themed food, cocktails, and live and silent auctions that sent lucky bidders on golf trips to Arizona and Wisconsin.

Golf on Monday provided a fun and challenging round for 144 avid golfers, who arrived costumed in loud outfits and as character lookalikes. Even “Tiger Woods” made an appearance!

Thanks to all our very generous donors for their continued support of the work we do to help cancer patients in need at Firelands Regional Medical Center. You make it possible for us to provide numerous people with assistance to lessen the financial burden of mounting medical bills for cancer patients. See you on the course in 2014!

Perkins High School Athletes Score Big for Breast Cancer

The Perkins High School football team and cheerleading squad proudly wear a “P” stitched on their uniforms throughout their season. Last October, the “P” meant more than just Perkins; it meant philanthropic as well.

In observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month last October, the Perkins student athletes sold pink t-shirts and donated the money to The Foundation for Firelands mammogram and breast cancer fund. The football players wore bright pink laces in their cleats, and the cheerleaders used pink pompoms. By the end of the month, the student athletes raised over $1,000 to help area residents receive lifesaving breast cancer screenings.

Hearts in Flight Jubilee

The Foundation for Firelands' Hearts in Flight fundraiser on Feb. 11, 2012, brought nearly 200 local people together in support of the cardiovascular services offered at the Firelands heart and vascular institute. These generous donors were treated to an elegant dinner and dancing in an airplane hangar at Griffing Flying Services in Sandusky, complete with a KingAir private plane as the show-stopping centerpiece. Live music and delicious plated cuisine as well as a program honoring the philanthropy of local pilots made the evening extra special - all in the name of heart health.

One lucky guest, Corey Opfer, won a raffled trip to Chicago in the private KingAir plane, courtesy of Griffing Flying Services. Thanks to the generous support of the Hearts in Flight attendees, the patients at the Firelands heart center can now rehabilitate on state-of-the-art Sci-Fit cardio machines, making their journey to better heart health faster and more comfortable. The Foundation for Firelands extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone for putting their Hearts in Flight.