St. John’s Health Auxiliary is pleased to announce the fulfillment of its pledge for cancer treatment equipment at St. John’s Health. A group of Auxiliary members presented a check for $250,000 to the hospital Board of Trustees at their meeting on July 18, 2019.
The funds were dedicated to the purchase of a brachytherapy microselection afterloader. Brachytherapy is a targeted radiation treatment for specific cancers that can reduce the length of treatment time and side effects associated with traditional radiation therapy. It may be used to treat prostate, breast, skin and some gynecological malignancies.
“The Auxiliary is proud and pleased to have met our pledge in a relatively short period of time and to support this important new treatment option at St. John’s,” said Connie Hansen, Auxiliary President. “We are happy to support the hospital’s expanding local program affiliated with the renowned Huntsman Cancer Institute. The Auxiliary is committed to supporting the provision of the best care available, close to home.”
Since its inception, the Auxiliary has raised over $2.25 million for St. John’s Health. With the pledge to the brachytherapy program completed, the Auxiliary has committed to a pledge of $250,000 to support a new CT scanner.
The purpose of St. John’s all volunteer Auxiliary is to promote and advance the welfare of St. John’s Health. Members act as ambassadors throughout the Jackson community, conduct fundraising activities, and provide service to the hospital and its patients. Funds are raised through annual special events such as the Spring Fling Gala and the charity golf tournament, with money going directly to the current pledge. The Auxiliary also sponsors the First Baby of the Year and an annual scholarship for a local high school student. It also supports events at the Living Center such as weekly teas and the annual resident Holiday Party. The Auxiliary holds monthly meetings with educational speakers, as well as several socials each year. For additional information, please contact Connie Hansen at 307-739-7461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.