KALAMAZOO, MI — The Ascension Borgess Foundation is tapping into the holiday giving spirit to garner support for its annual Tree of Love campaign.
Donations of $8 or higher will help low-income and uninsured women receive mammograms, according to a press release. Every one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the Ascension Borgess Foundation website.
This year the foundation’s goal is $90,000 in donations with an additional $25,000 raised at Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital and $15,000 from Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital.
The fundraising campaign was first launched in 1985 to raise money for early detection and treatment of breast cancer. According to the press release, one out of every five women does not have insurance to cover the cost of breast cancer detection services.
Donors will have the opportunity to remember a loved one in the form of a light on the Tree of Love at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. The tree lighting festival will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8 and will include a reflection as well as words from medical professionals.
Honorees selected by the donors will be mailed a card recognizing the honor and donation.
An $8 donation will help support mammography and other breast cancer services while an $80 donation will sponsor a mammogram for a woman. The $8 donation will honor one individual and an $80 donor can honor up to 10 individuals. There are seven other donor levels with additional benefits.
Donations can be made on the Ascension Borgess Foundation website.
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