Pratt Cheerleaders Have a Cause
Released: September 28, 2010
The Pratt High School Cheerleaders have added a new dimension to cheerleading - - helping a cause. Throughout the month of October, the PHS Cheerleading squad will proactively promote Breast Cancer Awareness. The cheerleaders plan to do special cheers at all of their home games which encourage women of all ages to get an annual mammogram and give a donation which will help bring digital mammography to Pratt. The Cheer squad plans to offer a raffle for the newest 8 GB iPod Touch to help increase the amount of funding that can be applied to the new digital mammography equipment.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death between the ages of 15 and 54. One in eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. The Pratt Cheerleaders want to encourage everyone to do what they can to decrease this number in south-central Kansas. Pratt Regional Medical Center uses mammography equipment which currently provides film images. The film images provide an excellent diagnostic image but the film has to be developed and cannot provide additional views or studies on the same day.
The new digital mammography technology allows women to do everything at one appointment (e.g. mammogram, additional views, and breast sonogram with same day results). It reduces radiation by up to 50%, requires less compression and is compatible with the new Electronic Medical Records (EMR) technology. Upgrading to the new digital technology would cost around $300,000.
The efforts of the cheerleaders will begin the process of building the resources needed to obtain this technology for PRMC. DeWayne Bryan, Pratt Health Foundation Executive Director, is excited about the possibility. “I think it is fantastic that the Pratt Cheerleaders have chosen this project for our community. Digital mammography will further enhance the mammography service PRMC provides and help some families avoid this devastating disease.”
The Pratt Health Foundation will designate PRMC Employee gifts, Festival of Lights proceeds and the 2011 Spring Fund Drive for the new digital mammography equipment. Foundation officials hope a majority of the needed funding can be obtained through the generosity of families in south-central Kansas.