Nearly $91,000 has been raised over the past five years for the CGH Health Foundation Women’s Health Program, through the generosity of Angelo’s Pizzerias. The most recent gift of $19,067 was made possible through the month-long Pink Pizza promotion hosted in October at three of their restaurants.
“Angelo’s donates to many causes, but this cause is near and dear to our hearts,” said Michelle Hodge, operations manager of Angelo’s. “We want to make sure that local women in need can have access to mammograms and other tests.”
The CGH Health Foundation has been devoted to raising awareness about early detection of breast cancer for three decades. “We have also provided funding for breast health services for thousands of under-served women in our service area,” according to Joan Hermes, executive director of the Foundation. “We are so very grateful to Angelo’s for partnering with us.”
The Foundation partners with CGH Medical Center in providing funding for screening mammograms, with out-of-pocket costs covered by the Foundation, regardless of insurance coverage. Diagnostic tests, breast biopsies, ultrasounds and MRIs are also partially covered. Comfort bags, scarves, turbans, and camisoles for breast cancer patients and meals for CGH Medical Center chemotherapy patients are funded as well.
Angelo’s has been a part of the Sterling/Rock Falls communities since the mid-1950s. They are a popular spot after sporting activities, for birthdays and other special events. The communities of Sterling, Rock Falls, and Dixon mean a great deal to the Wayne Wright Family, owners of Angelo’s since the mid-1950s. “The second and third generations are now running the business,” said Hodge. “They all grew up here – this is their home and this was one way for them to give something back to our community.”
“In behalf of our local women, we want to bring some light to their lives so they can get the healthcare services they deserve,” said Hodge. “If Angelo’s contribution can help one person get an early diagnosis or give that assurance to others that there are no problems, then we will have succeeded.”
Some 27,000 children and adults in the Sauk Valley were impacted last year with donations from businesses, clubs, churches and individuals. The collective generosity of donors allows CGH to reach into area communities in a profound way. For more information, call Joan at (815) 625-0400, ext. 5672. To schedule a screening mammogram, call (815) 625-0400, ext. 5550.