GRH Foundation and Buffalo Peak Golf Course announce donation to Mammogram Fund
Contact: Patrick Flynn
LA GRANDE - On Wednesday, January 5, the Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation received a donation of $4,490 from Buffalo Peak Golf Course. The generous funds donated by the golf course are the proceeds from the second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Scramble held in October of last year. According to Foundation Manager Patrick Flynn, the donation will go to the Foundation’s mammogram fund which covers mammogram screenings for patients who are not insured or would otherwise pay out-of-pocket for the essential health screening.
“We never want the ability to pay to deter people from getting screened.” Flynn said, “There are stories of local people whose lives have been saved because of early detection due to their annual Mammogram.” The Foundation has previously shared the story of Kim Hulse, whose breast cancer was caught early because of her annual mammogram at Grande Ronde Hospital. Hulse made a full recovery thanks to early detection. The full video can be found on the Grande Ronde Hospital YouTube channel.
Dana Londin, General Manager and Golf Pro for Buffalo Peak said, “It is important to myself and Buffalo Peak to be part of the community, and help the community when and however we can. This is an opportunity that we can help our communities.”
This is the second consecutive year that Buffalo Peak Golf Course has donated to the GRH mammography fund, and Londin was pleased to note this year’s proceeds far surpassed the event’s first donation to the Foundation. He attributes the success of the Scramble to the passion of the organizing volunteers which includes breast cancer survivors. Londin also commented that he appreciates that the funds will stay in Union County, benefitting the residents of our local communities.
Flynn echoed the statement, saying, “Because Grande Ronde Hospital is a locally owned, independent organization, all of your donation dollars benefit local people, your friends, family, and neighbors.”
The Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation has been fundraising for patient care equipment at Grande Ronde Hospital since 1969 and has raised more than 4.6 million dollars. For questions about the mammography fund, other fundraising projects or to make a donation, call 541-963-1431 or go to www.grh.org/foundation.