Jamestown Breast Cancer Support Group Offers One-On-One Mentor Support

The Jamestown Breast Cancer Support Group.  The support group recently donated $1,000 to the Center For Imaging At WCA to be used toward the new 3D mammography unit.
The Jamestown Breast Cancer Support Group. The support group recently donated $1,000 to the Center For Imaging At WCA to be used toward the new 3D mammography unit.

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The Jamestown Breast Cancer Support Group invites area individuals recently diagnosed with breast cancer or any interested breast cancer survivor to join the local group. The monthly support group provides valuable information, education, helpful tips, and emotional and social support. The group’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 6 p.m., will begin at the WCA Center For Imaging when guests will view up-close the new 3D mammography technology. Thereafter, the remainder of meeting will be held at Friendly’s Restaurant, located at 10 South Main Street, Jamestown, New York.

Keynote speaker for the May 11th meeting is Dianne Courtney-Freeman, RT(R)(M), Patient Care Specialist/Senior Radiologic Technologist/Certified Mammographer and certified breast patient navigator on staff at the Center For Imaging At WCA. Dianne will discuss the benefits of 3D mammography screening. WCA Hospital is the only facility in the area to provide the newest weapon in the fight against breast cancer, 3D mammography technology. The group will meet at the Center For Imaging At WCA for the presentation and travel to Friendly’s at 7 p.m. to conclude the meeting.

The Jamestown Breast Cancer Support Group, founded by Rhonda Lundberg, Annie Walker, and Joyce Ormond in 1990, meets on the second Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m., at Friendly’s Restaurant. Facilitator members for the sessions are Pat Carr at (716) 665-4343 and Joyce Seekings at (716) 484-2126.

“I know from experience how important a support group can be to survivorship,” says Pat Carr, long-time breast cancer survivor. “We never want anyone to feel like he or she is alone in this life-long journey. While family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues provide enormous support and encouragement, there is nothing better than sharing your feelings with those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Our group provides the emotional and peer support alongside navigating members to important services and valuable information that helps them crusade through a diagnosis of breast cancer before, during, and after treatment. A fun-loving group of people, we also host numerous wellness events, attend fun-filled outings, and raise money and awareness that supports local breast cancer diagnosis and treatment agencies and centers. Our motto, “a hug is a perfect gift”, is a one-size-fits-all slogan. After all, it’s what life is all about. We encourage and invite anyone, including care givers, to attend a meeting and witness, first-hand, the rewards and gifts of being part of a support group.”

From funds raised from “Turn On The Pink To Black Out Breast Cancer” blubs, breast cancer awareness sweatshirts and other supportive breast cancer awareness products sold by the members, the Jamestown Breast Cancer support group funded numerous breast cancer initiatives and agencies in the region including, the Center For Imaging at WCA women’s imaging services.

For member information and questions, please contact facilitators, Pat Carr at (716) 665-4343 or Joyce Seeking at (716) 484-2126.