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Italian American Golf Tourney
Supports Excellence in Cancer Care at WCA

Sebby Baggiano, Italian American Vice Chairman and treasurer, Dr. James Campion, gastroenterologist (GI) on staff at WCA Hospital and Betsy T. Wright, WCA President/CEO were on hand for the presentation of a $50,000 check from the 2006 Italian American Charity Golf Tournament to the WCA Cancer Care Program. 2007 funds are earmarked for the first installment of a three-year pledge to purchase the most up to date endoscopy equipment for the prevention and treatment of colo-rectal cancer.

Celebrating another successful fundraising year, the Italian American (IA) Charity Golf Tournament donated $50,000 to WCA Hospital's award winning Cancer Care Program. Their donations have provided WCA staff and patients with the most advanced equipment for the early detection and treatment of cancers.

This donation completes a three-year pledge of $150,000 to purchase up to date mammography screening equipment called CAD or computer aided detection mammography. CAD mammography was installed at WCA in 2006 and provides a second set of eyes for the WCA radiologists. It identifies abnormalities in the breast that may not be picked up by the physician alone including early stage breast cancer.

"Our 15 member committee is totally dedicated to supporting cancer care in our area," said Sebby Baggiano, Italian American vice chairman and treasurer. "We've formed a terrific relationship with WCA and we feel that the proceeds are directly benefiting people in our community."

The IA Committee's new three-year pledge will go toward the purchase of the most up to date endoscopy equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer. "We will have the best equipment available," said James Campion, MD, gastroenterologist (GI) on staff at WCA Hospital. "It will expand our field of vision and provide clearer images for the diagnosis of colorectal cancer. The good news is that we can prevent colorectal cancers by detecting and removing pre-cancerous polyps. This is very exciting and we deeply appreciate the ongoing support for our patients from the Italian American event."

Betsy Wright, WCA President and CEO gratefully thanked the IA committee and the community for their ongoing support for local, high quality cancer care. "Over the last four years the IA tournament has purchased the latest equipment for prostate, breast and now colorectal cancer," she said. "This is important because these are the leading cancers diagnosed in our region and their efforts support our message that early detection of cancer saves lives."

This year's event will mark the tournament's 37th anniversary with total proceeds topping $800,000. The Italian American Charity Golf Tournament event was the brainstorm of a small group of community minded men who wanted to raise money for a local charity. Their dream was to create a golf tournament where one member of each two-man team was of Italian decent and the partner was of another nationality. The IA Committee has already begun plans for their 2007 event which will be held June 8 - 10 at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville. For more information, call Mr. John Calamunci at 664-2881 or log on to their web site at

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