Proceeds from the HSBC 2009 Chilly Half Marathon & Frosty 5K will be used to purchase an MRI Breast Coil for the Hamilton General Hospital.
Please help us make breast MRI available to all women!
One in nine women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. This year in Ontario 8,500 new cases will be diagnosed and 2220 women will die from it. Early and complete diagnosis affords the best chance for cure.
Breast MRI uses an MRI machine coupled with a special breast MRI coil to look inside the breast without radiation or pain. Breast MRI detects breast cancer in its very earliest stages. It is the best test to determine the extent of surgery so no cancer is left behind. It can assess for multiple tumors in the same breast, assess for extension of the cancer beyond the breast or even detect unsuspected cancer in the other breast.
In our local health network there are only two MRIs that have such special breast coils and the waiting list for this test is many months long.
Help us raise money for this lifesaving piece of equipment and save all of our mothers, daughters and sisters from this disease.
Here is a letter from a radiologist:
We diagnose breast cancer every day. We know anything that can lead to earlier detection leads to a better chance of cure. Breast MRI has proven itself to do just that and more. However we do not have a dedicated breast coil for our MRI machine at the Hamilton General Hospital leaving many women waiting for this precious technology. As a group of physicians and diagnostic imaging specialists we have recognized and responded to this need with a donation from the Hamilton General Radiologists of $10,000 to the MRI breast coil fund.
Together we can make a difference.
Arlene Franchetto, M.D.
Click here to read more about the MRI Breast Coil and why this fundraising effort is so important at the 10 Years Younger ... in Burlington! blog by Dr. Rose Jeans of Advanced Rejuvenation Medical Spa."
In September of 2008 the director of the Hamilton Health Science's Diagnostic Imaging department at General site, Dr. Arlene Franchetto approached the staff of the MRI department with wonderful proposal. Community conscious individuals wanted to help raise funds for a new state of the art MRI Breast coil. Kelly Arnott of VRPRO offered to donate funds raised from the Chili Half Marathon and Frosty 5km. run in March of 2009.
Everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer, by the time the word was out about the fundraiser, over 75% of the staff in Diagnostic Imaging had signed up to either run, walk or volunteer for the event. With the generosity of Nancy Hastings of Second Wind Conditioning the staff have started training for the 1/2 Marathon. A lot of enthusiastic people, most who've never run before, are participating to help provide the Hamilton and surrounding area women and men access to a valuable diagnostic tool which will help in the fight against breast cancer. The spirit of the race has really brought out the best in our staff, not to mention a few aches and pains, with an added bonus of a few pounds shed.
Through much discussion and eventually a vote we decided on our team name, The Rack Pack, with our motto, The General's in Motion to Save Second Base!
Dr. Rose Jeans of Advanced Rejuvenation helped to initate this fundraiser and it has snowballed into a truly inspirational event not only in our department, the hospital but in the community at large. It's been an honour to work with such great caring people.
Here is a letter from a breast cancer survivor:
Its funny how your life changes in just a split second. Sitting around with some friends we decided it was time I had a screening mammogram. I got the dreaded phone they had found a lesion in my right breast. The surgeon and the Radiologist couldnt feel the lump as it was deep in the center of my breast. A biopsy was done with Ultrasound quickly confirming my worse fears, it was cancer.
What if I had never gone for that mammogram?
Surgery was booked and then the question lumpectomy or mastectomy. Having recently lost my sister in law to breast cancer there was no question, take it off, a total mastectomy. I was lucky enough to get an MRI of my breasts before surgery which supported the diagnosis of a malignant tumour in my right breast but it also showed 2 suspicious lesions in the left breast. The Radiologist felt the lesion were benign at this point and should be followed up with MRI every three months. I couldnt sleep wondering if next month my next MRI would show another change in these lesions, so after much discussion my family and surgeon I opted to have the other breast off as well and now I can sleep at night.
I have four daughters who are now at high risk because of our family history and I understand not everyone has access to Breast MRIs , and Id like to see that change. Doesnt everyone deserve the access to all available diagnostic tests ?
VRPro is pleased to offer 200 charity spots for the 2009 HSBC Chilly Half Marathon Race taking place on Sunday, March 1, 2009.
By collecting pledges and asking your friends, family and co-workers to sponsor you, you can help bring breast MRI to more women and give them the best possible chance at survival.