Big Y “Partners of Hope Campaign” Donates $5,000 to Windham Hospital’s Cancer Navigation Program
The Windham Hospital Foundation announced it has received a $5,000 donation from the Big Y Partners of Hope Campaign to be used for Windham Hospital’s Cancer Navigation Program for breast cancer patients.
“On behalf of the patients we serve, we thank Big Y Foods, Inc. for caring about our community’s health and well-being,” said Shawn Maynard, Executive Director of the Windham Hospital Foundation. “Without the support of generous organizations like Big Y, we wouldn’t be able to continue our work…helping people to live healthier lives.”
Windham Hospital began its Cancer Navigation Program in 2010. The program’s coordinator worked collaboratively with the hospital’s Breast Cancer Planning Committee to become accredited as a Breast Center Of Excellence by the Commission on Cancer through the American College of Oncology Surgeons. Windham Hospital’s Breast Cancer program was granted a three year acreditation in June 2011. Since then the navigation program has expanded to encompass all cancer patients. In addition, a Cancer Survivorship program is in initial planning stages.
Big Y holds a strong commitment to the communities that it serves. In its 76 year history, Big Y has been involved in many educational, family, health, and hunger related charities, in order to improve the quality of life in southern New England. During the entire month of October specially marked “pink” products and promotions involved almost every department in the store. Big Y donated a portion of the proceeds from several departments, including floral and produce.
“Big Y is committed to promoting breast cancer awareness to our community. Over the past five years, we’ve made tremendous progress thanks to our customers, vendors, and employees,” said Donald H. D'Amour, Chairman and CEO of Big Y. “In addition, these funds benefit local programs throughout our region. It is truly a collaborative effort,” said D’Amour.