Media Round-Up: Breast Cancer Survivors Donate Winnings to Trinity Health System Foundation

On Wednesday, January 31, the Trinity Health System Foundation accepted a $600 check for the Women’s Imaging Equipment Fund.

This generous donation is courtesy of two breast cancer survivors, Marcella Miller and Sarah Grafton, who are also members of the Trinity Teramana Breast Cancer Support Group.

Marcella and Sarah won the 4th Street Tree Competition this winter when their tree was chosen by the Steubenville Cultural Trust and Ken and Becky Perkins of Tri-State Financial, the generous sponsor of the Tree Competition. Marcella and Sarah received the sponsor’s choice award of $500. Their tree also brought in an extra $100 given by voters at $1 per vote.

“The women were very honored to win,” Catherine Poludniak, director of the Trinity Health System Foundation, said. “But they were most excited to give back to the organization that helped them win their fight against breast cancer.”

PROMOTING AWARENESS — Breast cancer survivors Marcella Miller, left, and Sarah Grafton, second from left, presented the Trinity Health System Foundation with a $600 check Wednesday to bolster’s Trinity’s women’s imaging equipment fund. From left are Miller; Grafton; Kayla Campos, patient navigator and mammographer for Trinity’s Images Mammography Center; Kristy Retton, clinical supervisor for Images; and Tyler Porter, donor relations coordinator for the foundation. — Christopher Dacanay, photo from the Herald-Star article (linked below)

Our thanks to the media organizations who provided coverage of the presentation ceremony. Here’s a sampling of their reports with links:

The Herald-Star: Cancer survivors win contest, donate prize

Two breast cancer survivors donated their prize money from this winter’s Fourth Street Tree Decorating Competition to Trinity Health System Wednesday to support its breast imaging for women.

Chosen by the Steubenville Cultural Trust and Ken and Becky Perkins of Tri-State Financial Services, Marcella Miller and Sarah Grafton’s tree was decorated to spread education and awareness about the importance of mammograms. The two women received the $500 Sponsor’s Choice award and an extra $100 from $1 community votes.

On hand to receive the $600 check were representatives from the Trinity Health System Foundation, the system’s 501(c)(3) fundraising arm that stewards philanthropic gifts. Catherine Poludniak, the foundation’s director, said the funds will go to Trinity’s women’s imaging equipment fund to “help all women’s imaging and to support any equipment services that can better the patient experience and outcomes for all women’s imaging.”

To read the rest of the article, please click here.



WTRF: Two women donate contest winnings to the fight against breast cancer

“We knew before we decorated it who we were giving the money to, so there was just the matter of getting the check and handing it over. But it’s a wonderful experience just to put an idea together in the decorations and then putting them on the tree.” – SARAH GRAFTON, MEMBER OF THE TRINITY TERAMANA BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

“It’s a good feeling to give back to my community. With helping with money I don’t know, maybe they can help someone who can’t afford a mammogram or whatever they need.” – MARCELLA MILLER, MEMBER OF THE TRINITY TERAMANA BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

As breast cancer survivors, Sarah and Marcella express the importance of self-examinations and yearly mammograms for early detections of breast cancer.

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