Alan Twiggs trusted the McDowell Cancer Center because his family ...

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Alan Twiggs trusted the McDowell Cancer Center because his family ...

COMMUNITY OUTREACH• 371 uninsured women received screening mammograms at no costthrough Akron General’s Muffins for Mammograms program. 2005 markedthe program’s 13th year.• 407 men, through the Brother-to-Brother project, received PSA screeningtests without charge at community-based locations. These are men whomight not otherwise have been screened for prostate cancer.Akron General was a key partner in this grass-roots awareness program.Both the Muffins for Mammograms and theBrother-to-Brother Project were selected by theOhio Department of Health as Ohio CancerControl Model Programs based on their creativityand impact on cancer detection and prevention.• Participated in local health fairs in the communityand at area business. The most attended eventwas the 9th Annual Summit County MinorityHealth Fair, which offered a variety of healthscreenings and information for 1,500 attendees.• Participated as an active member of the SummitCounty Colorectal Task Force in conjunction with American Cancer Society.Akron General continues working on initiatives to improve prevention andearly detection of colorectal cancer.• Continued collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the medicalcommunity, and other groups to assist our patients in gettingneeded services.• Offered PICS (Photos in Cancer Surveillance), an educational seminar onskin-self photography of pigmented skin lesions. The program provided ateaching tool on the types of skin cancer, how to do a skin-self exam andsun avoidance.• 173 people were screened at the Annual Skin Cancer Screening onApril 30 at the McDowell Cancer Treatment Center.• Offered ongoing support to Stewart’s Caring Place - a local organizationthat offers support groups, resource information and a menu of programsand services free of charge to patients and families affected by cancer.McDowell Cancer Center staff assisted with presentations, support groupsand other programs.• Offered Conversations on Cancer, an educational series for patients, theirfamilies and the community, that helped individuals learn more about theircancer risks, early detection and treatment options. Physician specialistsand other healthcare professionals presented information on cancer topics.• Promoted prevention, early detection and screening programs throughguest appearances on Akron WAKR 1590 Good Health Radio Hour andCleveland WKYC TV- 3.PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION2005 Hematology & Oncology SummitOur three major oncology programs were combined to honor 30 years ofprofessional education in oncology on November 2, 2005. They included the30th annual James M. Perelman Visiting Professorship, the Herbert E. Croft, MD,Visiting Professorship in Hematology and the 20th annual “Joan Ashley FiffickMemorial Lectureship in Nursing.” These educational opportunities foroncology professionals are funded each year through the generous supportof our donors.James M. Perelman VisitingProfessorship speaker: John H. Winston,III, MD, FACS, FASCRS, AssistantProfessor of Surgery, James CancerCenter, presented “LaparoscopicColectomy for Cancer.”Herbert E. Croft, MD, VisitingProfessorship in Hematology speaker:James M Rossetti, DO, AssistantDirector, Blood & Marrow TransplantProgram, Western Pennsylvania Hospital,presented “Myelodysplasia:Recent Advances.”Joan Ashley Fiffick MemorialLectureship in Nursing speakersincluded Sandra Hazra, MD, CM, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine,Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, presented “Joan, YouTaught Us a Lot…. We ARE Getting Better;” and Sally Karioth, RN, PhD,Motivational Speaker, The Goodman Speakers Bureau, Inc., presented, “Put onYour Own Oxygen Mask First.”PHILANTHROPYOver the years, the Akron General Development Foundation, the AkronGeneral Women’s Board, private donors and local companies have continuedto provide significant support through fundraising for the programs andservices of the McDowell Cancer Center – including research dollars,professional education, community education and awareness, screeningprograms and patient support services.Through donations and dollars raised from events in 2005, Akron General wasable to provide much needed services and items, including 371 mammogramsat no cost to women in the community, free prostate cancer screenings for407 local men, a renovated family space for our inpatient unit, camisolesfor mastectomy patients, medications, medical equipment and supplies andmuch more.For 30 years, educational endowments have supported local educationalopportunities for oncology professionals and physicians and nurses, to ensurethat the highest level of cancer care is available right here in our community.Net Proceeds in 2005 from Akron General Development Foundation eventsand donations to benefit the McDowell Cancer Center and cancer patientstotaled: $445,570.2005 Fundraising Events5th Annual Dolores Sawan 5K Memorial Run & 1-Mile Walk forOvarian CancerMuffins for MammogramsWQMX’s Bosom Buddies to benefit Muffins for Mammograms13th Annual Janell B. Izzo Golf Tournament5th Annual Grape Escape wine and food-tasting event

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