On April 8th I attended a lunch meeting for the Kettering Medical Center* Foundation’s Women’s Wellness Fund, a committee I’ve been a part of since its inception years ago. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you get to be part of something that makes you feel like you have made a difference. This is one of those times.
Kettering Medical Center Foundation’s Women’s Wellness Fund was initiated in 1995 and provides free screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and prostheses to uninsured women (and men as needed) in our community. It also provides education on breast cancer and other women’s health issues through the Cindy Wilde Vogel Memorial Library located at the Kettering Breast Evaluation Center. Procedures may be scheduled at any accepting mammography facility in the area (not just a KMC affiliate) and the Women’s Wellness Fund will cover the cost.
Since its inception, the Fund has assisted over 8,000 individuals. Our patients live in the greater Dayton area and its surrounding counties including Montgomery, Green, Preble, Darke, Clarke, Butler, Warren and Miami. Due in part to, the Dayton area’s economic challenges, requests for assistance have increased substantially in the past few years. In 2006, 1,074 patients; in 2007, 876 patients; in 2008, 910 patients; and in 2009, 1,174 patients were helped. This year, we expect a 25% increase in requests for assistance.
How have you been making a difference?
If you wish to donate to the Women’s Wellness Fund, please call Teresa Geisterfer, Event Manager, at 937-395-8607.