Hinsdale, IL – An anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $200,000 in grants for the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s Digital Mammography Initiative. Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar until the $200,000 maximum is reached, for a total of $400,000.
The initiative is a $3.2 million effort to bring the latest technology in breast cancer detection to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s DuPage Imaging Center. Digital imaging has the potential to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage than traditional X-ray mammograms, and early detection is a key factor in breast cancer survival. The foundation has already raised $2.3 million.
“This generous grant exemplifies the donor’s faith in Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s ability to provide outstanding women’s health care,” said Susan King, executive director of the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation. “It is also gives our donors a unique opportunity to double the impact of their gifts.”
Bolingbrook resident Cindy Zamirowski credits digital mammography for catching her breast cancer at its earliest stage, thereby possibly saving her life. The 57 year-old teacher has been going to the DuPage Imaging Center for years. It was there at her annual digital mammogram appointment in July 2007 where her doctor detected a pea-shaped cyst in her right breast. Zamirowski then underwent an ultrasound and a biopsy, where it was determined the lump was cancerous. A lumpectomy was performed a month later at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Radiation treatments followed and she’s been cancer-free ever since.
A sixth-grade reading teacher, Zamirowski informed her students of her diagnosis and kept them apprised of her progress. She also encouraged them to tell their mothers to get digital mammograms, which she describes as “the latest, greatest thing.”
“I encourage women to get out there and not be afraid of digital mammography,” Zamirowski said. “It’s worth a little inconvenience and a little discomfort to save your life.”
To donate to the Digital Mammography Initiative, call the foundation at (630) 856-2000.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.