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Digital mammography campaign a go

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care recently received a letter from the hospital board of directors giving it the go-ahead to begin fundraising for a digital mammography unit.

“This is great news for the citizens of the Rainy River District,” said board chairman Deane Cunningham.

“The Foundation is excited and pleased to set forth on another fundraising campaign to bring this state-of-the-art technology to the district,” he added.

“I know how important this technology is and we have put together a great group of volunteers from the district to form the “Together WE CAN” cabinet committee, with Jan Beazley and Christine Ruppenstein sharing the chairman position,” noted Cunningham.

Patti Johnson, director of Diagnostic Imaging for Riverside, also feels strongly about the need for this technology.

“We are currently using a machine that is over 10 years old and uses film that we have to develop like the old cameras people used to have,” she noted.

“We then have to send the film by courier to be read by a radiologist in a surrounding city.

“This new unit will take a quicker image, reduce radiation exposure, and we will be able to send it instantly on the computer to get results faster,” Johnson explained.

“The ‘Together WE CAN’ campaign represents bringing the entire district together, including husbands, sons, brothers, dads, the young, the old, and all ethnic backgrounds because breast cancer just doesn’t affect women,” said Beazley.

“Christine and I are excited to lead this campaign and to bring the residents of the Rainy River District the state-of-the-art technology they deserve to help fight breast cancer,” she enthused.

The “Together WE CAN” committee currently is working in the background to get this campaign launched.

More information will be provided as it moves forward.

The fundraising goal to purchase the digital mammography unit is $650,000.

If you would like more information about “Together WE CAN,” contact the Foundation office at 274-4803.

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