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On Monday, January 7, 2019, Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons presented a check for $895.00 to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center CEO Lee Boyles for the donations received from the Pink Patch Project for the hospital’s Breast Cancer Services.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 15, 2019
Contact: Erin Opsahl
PINK PATCH PROJECT DONATIONS PRESENTED TO ST. ANTHONY SUMMIT MEDICAL CENTER
SUMMIT COUNTY, CO – On Monday, January 7, 2019, Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons presented a check for $895.00 to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center CEO Lee Boyles for the donations received from the Pink Patch Project for the hospital’s Breast Cancer Services. Throughout the month of October 2018, Summit County Sheriff’s Office Deputies wore uniforms with pink patches to support breast cancer awareness. The pink patches were available to the public for a suggested donation of $15.
The Pink Patch Project (PPP) is a collaborative effort among hundreds of public safety agencies throughout the nation designed to increase public awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds for the fight against the disease. The Pink Patch Project centers on vibrant pink versions of each agency’s uniform patches. Public safety employees from these agencies wore these bright pink patches on their uniforms in lieu of their regular shoulder patches during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each public safety agency in the PPP program manages their participation locally and independently, in a way that best fits their particular community. The pink patches were intended to stimulate conversations with the community and to raise public awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer.
St. Anthony Summit Medical Center is the ideal beneficiary of the Sheriff’s Office Pink Patch Project funds because it offers an array of breast health and breast cancer services right here in Summit County. Those services include 3D and 2D mammography; breast ultrasound; MRI; and nuclear medicine. The hospital also has breast radiologists and an RN breast navigator to help coordinate breast care service and who serves as a point of contact between patients and caregivers, helping to guide breast health patients through the health care system.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women (besides skin cancer), and the second most common cause of cancer death in women. Therefore, it is so important to raise public awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer.
Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons shared, “I was humbled by the compassion and empathy of our community in their response to the Pink Patch Project. I look forward to initiating this campaign again in October 2019.”
Boyles, the hospital’s president and CEO, thanked Sheriff FitzSimons and the entire Sheriff’s Office for their contribution to such a worthy cause. “We’re extremely proud and appreciative of the outstanding professional relationship St. Anthony Summit Medical Center has with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office,” Boyles said. “This generous donation to help breast cancer patients and the hospital’s breast health initiatives underscores the strength of our partnership and the value of collaboration.”