Field Hockey Tournament to Benefit Webber Breast Care Center
Teams are seeking donations to benefit women diagnosed with breast cancer
June 24, 2011
On June 23, the Skowhegan High School field hockey team visited the breast care center to learn more about the beneficiary and the services it offers. Front, left to right: Renee Wright, Rylie Blanchett, Logan LeBlanc, Sarah Finnemore, Allison Lancaster, Holly Lupo, Heather Lupo, and Hailey Atkinsen. Standing left to right: Adrianna Martineau, Erika Blake, Ann Marie Provencal, Gabrielle Tenan, Michaela Michonski, Zoey Gleason, Jessica Skillings, Shelby Obert, Mikayla Bolduc, Nicole Sevey, Mikayla Fitzmaurice, and Charlotte Johnstone. (Missing from the picture was Aspen LeBlanc)
Area high school field hockey fans are in for a special treat this summer when Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN) hosts the first annual Battle for Breast Cancer Tournament, a round robin benefit field hockey tournament taking place at Colby College in Waterville on Friday, July 22, from 3:30–8:00 p.m. The beneficiary is the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center, a program of Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.
Four Central Maine high school field hockey teams are participating in the tournament: Skowhegan, Winslow, Mt. Blue, and Nokomis. Team members are currently seeking donations from family and friends for the tournament and approaching businesses for sponsorship. Online donations can be made by visiting www.fchn.org/donate and can be directed to one of the teams playing. Special recognition will be given to the team raising the most money.
Paula Doughty, Skowhegan High School field hockey coach and a resident of Farmington, came up with the idea after talking with Gardiner and Cony field hockey coaches, Moe McNally and Krista Chase, respectively, who did a similar event in their communities with great results. “They raved how beneficial it was, not only for the community, but for the girls participating,” Doughty remarked. “It raised a lot of awareness about breast cancer.”
According to Tom Hagerstrom, FCHN fund development director, “All funds raised will be used for working people diagnosed with breast cancer at the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center who are uninsured or under-insured.”
On June 23, Doughty and her team visited the breast care center to learn more about the beneficiary and the services it offers. Jamie Lucas, the center’s care support nurse led a tour and provided information about breast cancer and its treatment.
Lucas explained her role as care support nurse stating that if an abnormality is discovered through a mammogram, she coordinates prompt follow-up care; if a woman is experiencing symptoms, she facilitates the earliest possible diagnostic testing. When necessary, she guides women through the treatment process.
“This is a way for our student-athletes to better understand the impact of breast cancer on women and their families and to empower them to do something to benefit the community,” said Doughty. “The Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center is a wonderful local resource for women.”
Cost to attend the tournament is $5 per person and concessions will be available. At the opening of the tournament family of Martha Beck Webber, Peter Webber and Kate Webber Punderson, will make brief remarks and acknowledge donations.
The Webber family created an endowed fund for the support of the breast center in 2004 in memory of Peter Webber’s late wife who passed away as the result of breast cancer in 1995.
Checks payable to FCHN can be mailed to the Fund Development Office, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington, ME 04938. For more information, contact Elizabeth Richards or Julie Sexton at 779-2750.
The Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center offers timely access to state-of-the-art digital screening, diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasounds, clinical, and care support services by a multi-disciplinary team of experts.
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