MCI Students Raise Money for 3D Mammography at Sebasticook Valley Health
Pittsfield, Maine – (February 28, 2018) – Sebasticook Valley Health’s effort to bring leading-edge 3D mammography to its patients recently got a boost from MCI students, led by 17-year-old student Allison Hughes.
“Over the years, MCI students have joined sports teams around the country in raising money for Play4TheCure, a national organization that funds cancer research,” says Allison, a field hockey player who also participates in indoor and outdoor track. “This year, our sports teams once again supported Play4TheCure, but we raised extra money for the hospital.”
The students raised $1000 by accepting donations and selling t-shirts at games, holding a bake sale, coordinating a “dress down” day, and bringing back the homecoming dance, which had not happened for several years. While Allison is quick to point out that hundreds of her classmates contributed to the effort, she notes that the Key Club, captains of the sports teams, teachers, and the school Deans played important roles in raising the money.
The students’ donation will help Sebasticook Valley Health purchase some of the most advanced breast health diagnostic technology available. Also known as breast tomosynthesis, 3D mammography allows doctors to see through layers of tissue, especially in women who have dense breasts. The technology helps providers find smaller abnormalities and detect cancer earlier and more accurately. Women experience fewer “call backs” for additional testing.
“This technology is a significant breakthrough in breast cancer detection,” says Terri Vieira, president, Sebasticook Valley Health. “We’re grateful to Allison and the MCI students and staff who contributed to the campaign to bring this lifesaving equipment to our patients. This is a big step forward for our hospital and for our patients, because we know that early detection really does save lives.”
The students’ gift was one of many made in support of Sebasticook Valley Health’s annual campaign, which is now wrapping up. With fundraising coming to an end, the new 3D mammography machine will be purchased and installed in the coming weeks.
Allison recently delivered the check to Sebasticook Valley Hospital and took a tour of the mammography area, where staff explained the differences between the current equipment and the new 3D technology.
“I really like to help people in need, and it makes me feel great knowing that this gift can have an impact
on somebody,” she says.
Manager of Communications
Sebasticook Valley Health