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BURROWS MEMORIAL - October 26, 2006

Calhoun County has good news! The Coleman and Katheryn Burrows Memorial Fund has been awarded a grant for $25,000 from Sisters of St. Joseph’s Charitable Fund to be put toward the purchase of mammography equipment.

Do you know what this means to our county?

It was just a year ago that I was making the trips to Charleston for mammograms, but I did not have to take time off from my job, find baby sitters, and arrange for transportation.

In Calhoun County, the occurrence is approximately 21% lower than the U.S. rate, but deaths from breast cancer are more than 79% higher than the U.S. rate. When asked why our citizens are not getting screened, the majority answered it was because of fear of the unknown and/or the distance they would need to drive to get a mammogram.

By having mammography equipment readily available in the county, we can provide further education and screening to the women of Calhoun County, and, hopefully, drastically reduce the number of deaths related to breast cancer.

Through various fundraisers and grant opportunities, the members of the Coleman and Katheryn Burrows Memorial Fund committee need to raise $108,000 to purchase the equipment. With this grant, the fund contains $28,000. This leaves $80,000 to raise through various fundraisers and grants. The professionals will do their part to locate grants and the committee is dedicated and will plan fundraisers, but the public is also needed.

Community organizations and other individuals can plan fundraisers, such as a hoagie sale, craft fair or car wash, or sell your skills to raise money. Even saving just pennies can help. Please keep this cause foremost in your minds during the next few months. All ages can help.

In the meantime, have your mammograms! Help is available, but you must make your needs known. You are the only one who can safeguard your health. Call today for a screening. The number at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center is 354-9244.

The Coleman and Katheryn Burrows Memorial Fund account has been established at Calhoun Banks and donations can be made there or mailed to Barb McKown, c/o MHHCC, 186 Hospital Drive, Grantsville, WV 26147. Thank you for your support!

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