The 2012 Love Light fund-raiser, sponsored by the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, has raised more than $10,000 to date. The total was announced December 12 at the annual Love Lights tree lighting ceremony at St. Agnes Hospital.
Proceeds from the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s annual 2012 Love Light fund drive will support cervical cancer prevention. The Foundation’s goal is to help area women in financial need receive their HPV vaccinations in an effort to prevent cancer before an abnormal Pap test develops.
This year’s drive is being led by co-chairpersons, Lori Tschetter and Brita McCullough, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist with the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic.
“We are filled for gratitude for the many that purchased Love Lights this year to reach out to assist those who are without the financial resources to receive their HPV vaccination,” according to Rita Meidam, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation executive director. “We are so fortunate that the community shows such strong support for our annual Love Lights program and we are grateful for that.”
Meidam also acknowledged a $10,000 gift from the Marti Spittell-Ziegelbauer Foundation Fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation that so generously gave $10,000 towards this project.
The tree lighting ceremony also paid tribute to Agnesian HealthCare associates and volunteers that passed away in 2012, including associates Kay Kline Pinno, Jan Priebe and Don Ruch and volunteers that include Bernadine Hartwig, Gilbert Mast, Milton Morris and Ron Peschke. Musical entertainment was provided by the Fond du Lac High School Cardinal Singers, under the direction of music director Cory Schneider.
“Statistics show that women have an 80 percent chance of getting HPV by the time they are 50,” according to Dr. McCullough. “The good news is that they can work in concert with their healthcare provider to prevent cervical cancer through the HPV vaccine. And, they can also benefit through early detection due to Pap tests. Money raised this year will help ensure that they can receive both.”
Tschetter announced the grand total donated to date.
“We are pleased to be able to work collaboratively with the Fond du Lac area community to help enhance the overall health and well-being of all women,” says Tschetter. “It is rewarding to know that we can collectively make a difference in the lives of women that are so dedicated to their families and to their communities.”
Love Lights can be purchased at both the hospital and clinic information desks, 430 E. Division Street through December 31, 2012.
For more information, call (920) 926-4959.