Gifford Healthcare,The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $40,000 grant for 2011 to Gifford Medical Center to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.The Avon Breast Health Outreach supports community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country and is part of the Avon Foundation for Women, the largest corporate philanthropy dedicated to women’s causes globally.This is the 10th consecutive year that Gifford’s Breast Health Program has received funding from the Foundation, resulting in a total of more than $380,000 invested regionally to increase awareness of the life saving benefits of mammograms and clinical breast exams.The only Vermont recipient, Gifford was selected as one of 126 grantees nationwide in 2011, when a total of $5.2 million was awarded. Organizations like Gifford are chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income and older women, who are often medically underserved.Through the grant, Gifford Breast Care Coordinator Jane Harrness travels the state speaking to women at events like the upcoming Vermont Farm Show in Barre, many of the state’s county fairs, senior centers, prisons, churches, women’s conferences and more spreading the message of early detection and sharing information on resources like Ladies First.Since Gifford first received the grant in 2002, it has provided more than 4,000 mammograms and more than 3,200 clinical breast exam through the program, and referred countless others to hospitals in their region of the state for care. In 2010 alone, Harrness spoke to nearly 6,500 Vermonters about having annual mammograms after age 40, annual clinical breast exams and doing self-breast exams so women know what is normal for them.Gifford’s program also expanded in 2010 to include a second breast care educator, radiology technologist Cheryl Manns. Additionally, Brittany Ward, also a radiology technologist, coordinates the hospital’s new Patient Care Navigator Program. This program is a resource for women facing breast biopsies following abnormal mammograms. Ward helps schedule appointments, answer questions and is with patients throughout the biopsy process.While most breast biopsies do not result in a cancer diagnosis, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States and in Vermont. It’s also the nation’s leading single cause of death overall in women between the ages of 40 and 55. According to the Vermont Department of Health, about 473 breast cancer cases are diagnosed among Vermont women each year. About 92 each year die from the disease.Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. According to the Avon Foundation, programs such as Gifford’s help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.Gifford representatives said they appreciate the strides the medical center has made thanks to the Avon Foundation’s fund raising efforts and generosity.‘We are so pleased that the Avon Foundation shares our mission of improving health and has chosen to support our program for a 10th consecutive year. This grant allows us to educate women on their breast cancer risk, help them access the health care system and ‘ perhaps most importantly in today’s busy society ‘ remind them to make their own health care a priority, for themselves and for their families,’ said Harrness.Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,425 grants and a total of nearly $60 million to community-based breast health programs across the United States. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services.***The Avon Foundation for Women and Breast Cancer CrusadeThe Avon Foundation for Women, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women and today is the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women. Avon philanthropy focuses its funding on breast cancer research and access to care, efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence, its women’s environmental movement to nurture nature, and efforts to provide relief and recovery in times of major natural disasters and emergencies. Since the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launched in 1992, Avon breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries have raised almost $700 million for research and advancing advance access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. In addition to receiving generous support from Avon Products, Inc., and its sale of Avon ‘pink ribbon’ products, the Foundation raises funds through a variety of events and walks, such as the U.S. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, which is the Foundation’s largest fund-raising.The Avon Breast Health Outreach ProgramThe Avon Breast Health Outreach Program is administered by Cicatelli Associates Inc. to support community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country. The Fund’s National Advisory Board selected the Breast Health Program at Gifford Medical Center as one of 126 grant recipients nationwide in the 2011 cycle of Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund grants. These organizations were chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income, and older women, who are often medically underserved.Gifford Medical CenterGifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt., is a community hospital with family health centers in Bethel, Chelsea, Rochester and Sharon and specialty services throughout the central Vermont. Gifford is a full-service, non-profit hospital with a 24-hour emergency department, a 25-bed inpatient unit and a Transitional Care Unit. Gifford has a day care as well an adult day care and an award-winning 30-bed nursing home, the Menig Extended Care Facility, which opened in 1998 on the main campus. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to the traditional hospital-based deliveries and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care.Designated as a Critical Access Hospital, Gifford’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable and high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.
INDIANAPOLIS — Registration is open for a free DNR program that teaches participants how to hunt white-tailed deer in Indiana.Hunt, Fish, Eat starts Aug. 19 in Indianapolis and Aug. 27 in Bloomington. The program is a four-session series, with an optional fifth session. Sessions are once a week and offer hands-on learning in a safe environment.Hunt, Fish, Eat helps new hunters ages 18 and older to improve their self-reliance skills and to learn to harvest a delicious source of fresh, local meat.Curriculum will focus on laws and regulations, firearms and safety, locating a hunting spot, tracking and field dressing your harvest, and handling and preparing your venison for the table.Each session includes an opportunity to sample venison recipes from instructors and examine a variety of hunting gear and resources.Participants should attend all sessions. All equipment is provided.Register at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/7548.htm.
New Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri has shrugged off the accusation his key motivation in joining the club was money.Ex-Bayern Munich man Shaqiri completed his switch from Inter Milan to the Potters on Tuesday for a club-record £12million on a five-year contract.The news has prompted criticism from former Bayern and Germany midfielder Stefan Effenberg, who was quoted as saying: “I do not understand Shaqiri’s move to Stoke at all. You have been badly advised if you go there.“This is a shame and a sad state of affairs. Only because they are throwing around cash? Is it really all about money for footballers these days?”When asked about that on Thursday at his unveiling at the Britannia Stadium, Shaqiri – who was also linked with Schalke and Borussia Dortmund – said of Effenberg: “He has no job at the moment, so he can talk – he’s a free man.“Anybody can talk who is free. But I don’t want to comment on this.“I will concentrate on my job – I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to play. This is my job. It isn’t my job to comment on what people say.”The 23-year-old Switzerland international added: “I want to do my speaking on the pitch.”Shaqiri has already spoken about how the belief shown in him by Stoke boss Mark Hughes, the playing style of the team and the quality of the players at the club were all important factors in his decision to make what he views as a “perfect move” for him.On Thursday he also stressed he was fit and ready to make his debut from the start in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game at Tottenham if required – Hughes would only say “we’ll see” on that front – and backed himself to adapt to English football quickly.Shaqiri said: “This is very different to Italian football.“But I am a player who can integrate very fast and I think English football is perfect for me – it is very attacking, from box-to-box.“For a player like me, I think it is the best league to play in, and for me this is the best league in the world.“It was always a big dream of mine to play in the Premier League.”Shaqiri, who only joined Inter in January, found himself out of their starting XI by the end of the 2014-15 season.And regarding his brief stint with the Italian outfit, where he was managed by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, he said: “There were many things that were not good there.“I’m happy it was only a short time there and now I’m happy to be here.”He has left Inter for a club who have finished ninth in the Premier League for the last two seasons under Hughes.And asked if he saw Europe as a realistic target for Stoke this term, Shaqiri said: “In the Premier League you never know.“The last team can beat the first team, and only one round of games has gone, so anything can happen.“We must work hard and take it game by game. But all teams want to go forward and Stoke want to be in Europe in the future.” 1 Xherdan Shaqiri