Love of Life kickoff

Pictured, from left, are Wendy Thomas, a cancer survivor who spoke at the event; Steve Wolfe, CEO of Indiana Regional Medical Center; Heather Reed, executive director of the Indiana Healthcare Foundation; Dr. Dan Clark; Joe Reschini, foundation board president; and host Christine Toretti.

Indiana Regional Medical Center’s largest fundraising effort — the annual Love of Life campaign — launched  Thursday evening at the home of Christine Toretti. The campaign kicked off with a record crowd of over 160 in attendance.

The keynote speaker for the event was Wendy Treasure, a breast cancer survivor, who received all of her treatment and surgery at IRMC. Dr. Dan Clark, IRMC director of minimally invasive and robotic surgery and the director of IRMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center, also spoke at the event to highlight all the changes that are happening at the Women’s Imaging Center.

IRMC provides mammography services at five locations to service the Indiana and surrounding communities.

Money from this campaign goes directly to the Women’s Imaging Center, enabling the hospital to have the latest technology available to diagnosis and treat breast cancer. Two years ago, IRMC purchased 3-D mammography machine, which significantly increases the detection of invasive breast cancers by 41 percent and increases by 29 percent the detection of all breast cancers. Last year, IRMC was able to expand the 3-D services being offered by purchasing a unit for IRMC at Chestnut Ridge.

This year’s Love of Life campaign will provide the remaining dollars to allow IRMC to purchase a second 3-D mammography machine for the Women’s Imaging Center. In addition to purchasing the latest in technology, IRMC’s Birdie’s Closet assists women at no cost during their breast cancer treatment journey with wigs, hats and scarves, prayer blankets and “purses of hope.”

The campaign will also feature a 5K Run/Walk on Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. Runners and walkers may register for the event on www.runsignup.com or by contacting the Indiana Healthcare Foundation at (724) 357-8053. In addition a bingo will be held at the Coral-Graceton Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.

For more information or to sponsor these events, contact the Indiana Healthcare Foundation office.