The Commerce Journal

January 16, 2013

Foundation gala to help save lives of women

The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — The Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation’s 2013 Gala in Commerce on February 2 is all about saving women’s lives.

“Even though early detection of breast cancer saves lives, only 50 percent of women in Hunt County receive the annual mammograms they need,” said Foundation Chair Roz Lane. “Our goal is to improve that number significantly by bringing mobile mammography to Hunt County and making digital exams more accessible.”

When breast cancer is detected at the first stage in its development, the 5-year survival rate is almost 90 percent.  However, if it isn’t discovered until it has reached Stage 4, the five-year survival rate drops to 15 percent.

The 2013 Gala is part of a major push by the Foundation to raise at least the $300,000 necessary to acquire a mobile mammography unit fitted with state-of-the-art digital technology. The van will travel throughout the county on a regular schedule to make mammograms accessible to the aged and infirm as well as taking the service to communities and major employment work sites throughout the Hunt Regional Medical Center service area.

Gala seats remain available, but it is always a sellout, and seating is extremely limited. The evening of entertainment includes an opening wine reception, a gourmet dinner and a night of comedy featuring satirical pianist Dale Gonyea. Humorist Don Newbury will make his third encore appearance as the emcee.

Gonyea is an Emmy winner and Clio nominee, and his song-spoof “I need your help, Barry Manilow,” was nominated for Comedy Record of the Year.

Seats are priced at $75 each and may be reserved by calling the Foundation office at 903/408-1064.

The Gala will begin at 6 p.m. February 2 at Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Sam Rayburn Student Center.

“This service will really make a difference in people’s lives,” said Jack Gray, director of the Foundation.

In addition to underwriting the mobile mammography program, Gala proceeds will continue to support FitSTEPS for Life®, a cancer rehab and therapy program that extends and enhances the lives of those touched by cancer.  It is offered at Hunt Regional Medical Center without charge to participants.