Jan 17 – The Decatur Memorial Hospital Breast Center received a check for $3,260 from Monsanto employees to further their treatment of local breast cancer patients.
Employees of their Illiopolis branch raised the money by selling breast cancer awareness t-shirts and sweatshirts in October. Anastasia Lindsey is not only the Administrative Assistant at the branch, but she also designed the logo for the apparel. Lindsey said when the company chose her to make the design; they did not know she had a personal connection with cancer. “I lost my grandma to lung cancer. Although it is not breast cancer, I believe all cancers are the same and they are something that needs to be addressed to everyone. So I think that this was the perfect opportunity to express my creativity and do something in memory of her,” said Lindsey. She continued to say she hopes when people see her design they will be reminded of those they may have lost or who are currently going through treatment and continue to support those individuals.
The money raised from the shirt sales will stay in the community and help patients through treatment and education programs. Dr. George Liu, Breast Center Program Leader, said there are many women in Decatur and the surrounding area that come into the hospital with advanced breast cancer because they were afraid to seek treatment earlier. “I think what we want to do is make women more aware that we have services to help people so they are not afraid of breast cancer.” He said the Breast Center has a whole team of people to support patients and survivors through their cancer journey.
The Breast Center not only has a team of medical experts from specialized fields of radiology, pathology, surgery, and medical/radiation oncology, but they also have emotional support as well. Trained nurses serve as navigators to provide support and education to patients and their families. They also have other services such as physical therapy, nutritional services, pastoral services, and much more.
Donations from companies and employees like the Monsanto team help the DMH Breast Center provide these programs and services to keep their accreditation. DMH was awarded accreditation through the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer. Treatment centers are awarded this by keeping up with high standards in the areas of: Center leadership; Clinical management; Research; Community outreach; Professional education; and Quality improvement. This accreditation means DMH is “committed to providing the highest quality breast care” to their patients.