Pictured left to right Ritchie Houge, Executive Director Foundation @ CRMC, Michelle Zellner, Director Imaging, CRMC, and Dr. Dale J. Guillory, M.D., Cookeville Plastic Surgery Center
On Thursday, October 18, 2012, Dr. Dale J. Guillory, M.D., and the staff at Cookeville Plastic Surgery Center hosted a Silent Auction for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The auction raised more than $1,100.00. Proceeds from the auction will go to The Foundation at CRMC’s Upper Cumberland “Save a Life” Pink Ribbon Project.
This was Cookeville Plastic Surgery Center’s first silent auction supporting the “Save a Life” Pink Ribbon Project. Dr. Guillory said he is passionate about Breast Cancer Awareness and plans to continue hosting an annual auction. The next event will be scheduled for October 2013.
The Upper Cumberland “Save a Life” Pink Ribbon Project, a culturally sensitive breast health awareness, education and screening project designed by the Women’s Center, the Cancer Center and the Imaging Center at Cookeville Regional Medical Center will provide breast cancer education, screening, and diagnostic mammograms to medically underserved Hispanic, African American and rural uninsured/underinsured women living in remote, rural communities throughout the 14 counties of the Upper Cumberland Region.
A goal of the project is to create a communications “ripple effect” within targeted communities about how early detection can save the lives of women. A concurrent goal is to help families create generational messaging about the importance of self-exams and annual mammograms in saving lives. A CRMC breast cancer teaching team comprised of a nurse educator, a nurse navigator, and an interpreter, if needed, will interface and establish trusting relationships within the patient populations paving the way for on-going communications.
Financial support for screening mammograms and diagnostic services will be made available to encourage screening participation. If a woman receives a positive breast cancer diagnosis, the project team will become her personal “cancer care navigators”.