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Grant Enhances WCA Cancer Program
Outreach and Education

Barbara Ekey, GROW for Life President presents Betsy Wright, WCA Hospital President and CEO a lily, which symbolizes the organization’s mission of being outstanding through strength, energy and love.

Jamestown, New York, Friday, June 29, 2007—WCA Hospital recently received a grant from the GROW for Life Breast Cancer Research and Education Foundation for breast cancer books, pamphlets and other educational materials. They will be available in WCA's new Cancer Education Resource Library located at the Cancer Treatment Center on Glasgow Avenue in Jamestown. The materials will also be included in upcoming cancer prevention classes for the public on plant based nutrition, which focus on fruits and vegetables.

Barbara Norton Ekey, founder and president of GROW for Life, toured WCA facilities and talked with staff and patients to understand their needs. "WCA is very caring and top of the line," she said. "It's like the GROW for life lily – outstanding through its strength and energy."

The WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program is one of an elite group of programs receiving a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. "We deeply appreciate the donation from GROW for Life to enhance the care we provide our patients," said Betsy T. Wright, WCA President/CEO. "We share a common mission to improve the health and well-being of those we serve. Patient education is key in our goal to remain among the best cancer programs in the nation."

WCA's comprehensive services include prevention education, screening, diagnostics, data collection and registry, and a holistic approach to cancer treatment. WCA offers the most up to date therapies approved by the FDA for chemotherapy and radiation therapy for both inpatients and outpatients. More information is available on-line at or by calling the Cancer Treatment Center at 716-664-8670.

GROW for Life is a not for profit charity that raises funds for Breast Cancer. In 2006, grants were given to hospitals in New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. Sixty percent of funding goes toward research and forty percent to education. They held two recent events at the Anthenaeum Hotel in Chautauqua Institution - the Chautauqua Lilyfest for Breast Cancer and a presentation by Bert Rappole, M.D., a well-known surgeon, on breast cancer awareness and action. For more information about GROW for Life visit their website at or call toll free, 866-217-GROW.

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