By Kerry Miller-Mouzon, medical assisting faculty, Globe University-Wausau
The Medical Assistant Club of Globe University-Wausau had the honor of presenting a check for $251 to Ann Lucas, development officer of Marshfield Clinic, to go to the Cancer Care Fund. The medical assistant degree students raised funds through the sale of pink ribbons throughout the months of September and October and added to the proceeds by hosting a successful baked potato sale on October 24th and 25th.
Pink cancer ribbons sold for $1 each and participants were encouraged to write their names on the ribbons and hang them in the commons area for everyone to see to further promote awareness.
The Medical Assistant Club was pleased with the results of ribbon sales, but they wanted to do more. The idea of hosting the baked potato sale and donating the proceeds was a club idea that proved to be very profitable.
In addition to participating through these fundraisers, the students also learned the importance of regular breast exams and early detection via classroom discussions and instruction, and a guest speaker from Marshfield Clinic who spoke with the class.
Early detection and education are vital in helping to detect breast cancer. The Patient Care Sciences class–part of the medical assistant program at Globe University–incorporates such curriculum to ensure that students are knowledgeable about self-breast exams and early detection education.
Students run through scenarios in which they must discuss the need to perform monthly breast exams and schedule yearly mammograms with patients, and also learn how to talk with patients that have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. The students are required to research local resources that patients can utilize following diagnosis.
Statistics show that about one in every eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her life time. While less common, men are also at risk of developing breast cancer, with their lifetime chance being 1 in 1,000. See http://www.breastcancer.org/ for more details and statistics on breast cancer, breast health and cancer detection and prevention.
Many of our students have known someone who has been affected by breast cancer, and participation in the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign gave them the chance to help the community and raise money for a very worthy cause that was so close to them personally. The Medical Assistant Club had many choices of organizations to which they could donate their funds, ranging anywhere from research, mobile mammography, and a survivorship program to garden and support group organizations, but they finally decided on the Cancer Care Fund.
This fund puts together “comfort care kits” for breast cancer patients. The kits contain gift certificates, gas cards and “pampering” items that cancer patients otherwise may not be able to afford and the money will be used for patients locally in the Wausau/Weston area.
Ann Lucas was thankful for the partnership and donation and expressed an interest in having the students participate in future Breast Cancer Awareness events. The club is excited about the prospect of participating and the attention such events bring to the importance of breast cancer awareness.