Golfers get their ‘pink’ on to support breast cancer detection services

CHESTERTOWN — The 12th edition of the Pink Polar Bear Golf Tournament at Chester River Yacht & Country Club raised a record $10,200.

Proceeds of the event, led by CRY&CC members, benefit patients served at the Eleanor & Ethel Leh Women’s Center at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Nearly 90 CRY&CC members and their guests participated in this year’s event. 

Since 2015, the golf outing has raised more than $30,000 to support breast cancer detection services at the hospital.

“We call it the Pink Polar Bear tournament because finding breast cancer can be a little like trying to find a polar bear in a blizzard,” Kelly Bottomley, manager of outpatient radiology services for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, said in a news release.

She explained that the tomosynthesis mammography technology takes breast images in “slices,” much like a CT scanner, and makes it possible to detect breast cancer at the earliest possible stage.

“Expanding our diagnostic breast services here though MRI technology puts our capabilities at best-in-class,” Bottomley said in the news release.

Maryann Ruehrmund, executive director, UM Chester River Health Foundation, added: “We are grateful beyond words. I hope participants will take great pride in knowing that the tournament’s proceeds will be designated for our upcoming campaign hoping to raise $1.3 million for new MRI equipment, including a special coil needed to perform MRI studies of the breast, which will soon be offered at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.”

Opened in 2013, the Eleanor & Ethel Leh Women’s Center was the first facility on the Delmarva Peninsula to offer 3-D digital mammography with tomosynthesis, which can find breast cancer at the earliest possible stage.

This capability is now available throughout the five-county area served by UM Shore Regional Health.

According to the news release, the Leh Center performs more than 2,800 mammograms each year, offers bone density evaluation services and consultation, and follow-up appointments related to breast surgery.

Breast surgery, reconstruction and plastic surgery takes place at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

The Chester River Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Maryland corporation and the fiduciary responsible for soliciting, holding and disbursing charitable gifts that support excellence in patient care services exclusively at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Contributions fund the purchase of new and replacement medical equipment and technology, capital projects and scholarships for advanced health care education.

The foundation offers a complete array of philanthropy programs, from soliciting annual gifts through assistance with estate and legacy gift planning.

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