Breast cancer takes a stick at the Chicago Wolves Sunday

Breast cancer takes a stick at the Chicago Wolves Sunday
Chicago Wolves photo of the 2014 'Stick It to Breast Cancer" Day at the Wolves. From left: Courtney Mahoney, Sr VP, Dr. Sandy Goldberg, and Bill Gardner, Wolves broadcaster

“There are people who have no access to lifesaving testing. They have to jump through hoops just to try. For those ASLF funds,
the diagnostic rate for cancer is five times the national average because they wait so long to have it done.

Dr. Sandy Goldberg, founder, A Silver Lining Foundation

Last year, I found out three of my good friends were battling breast cancer. I cried for them, supported them, and most of all, prayed for them. And I urged people to ‘Stick it to Breast Cancer’ at the Chicago Wolves Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

Today, my friends are still alive, thanks to early detection, aggressive treatment, and in two of the three cases, radical mastectomies. Two of the three friends had the dreaded BRCA gene, which puts women at risk for repeated breast cancer attacks.

Fortunately, my friends had decent health insurance through their employers.

But so many don’t, it’s scary. And the federal government is locked in a battle to de-fund Planned Parenthood, which offers needed mammograms for low-income women who can’t pay the costs for breast health.

I don’t believe that a person’s health should be compromised based on political convictions or income. Low-income women are always on the short end of the stick for all health care needs.

If it were your mother, sister, daughter, granddaughter, friend…anyone close to you,  wouldn’t you feel the same way?

I am urging all of my Token Female friends, family  (and their friends) to attend the Chicago Wolves game on Sunday, October 25, also known as Wolves’ Breast Cancer Awareness Day, at Allstate Arena, to benefit A Silver Lining Foundation (ASLF.) The game starts at 3 pm.

My friend, former NBC 5 health contributor Dr. Sandy Goldberg, founded ASLF in 2002 shortly after starting her own successful battle against breast cancer, treasures each and every dollar because it means people who cannot afford breast health testing will receive mammograms and diagnostic care, as well as access to breast cancer surgery and treatment.

“This money is a godsend,” Dr. Sandy said in a statement to the Chicago Wolves. “An absolute godsend.”

Why? Because state funding of Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) has dried up. This means FQHCs throughout Illinois – and many safety-net hospitals big and small across the Chicago area – cannot be reimbursed if they provide free breast health testing to those in need.

That leaves two choices, according to a Chicago Wolves press statement: Either uninsured and underinsured people go without these crucial tests – or hospitals and FQHCs point them toward A Silver Lining Foundation because they know how Dr. Sandy and her organization respond.

“It’s astonishing, the number of people we’re adding this year,” Dr. Sandy told the Chicago Wolves. “We are easily going to double the number of people we help this year. How we’re going to do it? I don’t know, but we’re going to. How do you tell somebody no? I can’t live with myself.”

That makes the Wolves’ fundraising even more crucial this month. Stick It To Breast Cancer pucks, T-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags are available
at every home game this month – and also available by calling the team’s offices at 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

“I think it’s imperative every year,” said Courtney Mahoney, the Wolves’ senior vice president of operations. “Our fundraising goals continue to go
up. Unfortunately, there are still all too many families who are affected by breast cancer. As long as these stories continue, we will continue to
have a sense of urgency to raise money and awareness.”

Before the Chicago Wolves face the Charlotte Checkers at 3 p.m., the players will skate with pink sticks during warmups. According to my dear friend, Lindsey Wilhite, the Wolves’ ace PR Director, the plan is for several players to use their one-of-a-kind sticks during the game. Each stick will be autographed and available during the game for a $175 donation, which supports the cost of a mammogram for those who cannot afford one. Fans who donate for a stick also will get to meet the player who signed it (and take a picture with him) after the game.

Pink hockey sticks will be auctioned in support of A Silver Lining Foundation on Sunday, October 25

Pink hockey sticks will be auctioned in support of A Silver Lining Foundation on Sunday, October 25

 

For more information, visit the Chicago Wolves Website at www.chicagowolves.com

 

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