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Category "Cares Foundation News"

In partnership with Breast Cancer Network of WNY, presenting Lymphedema Education Program for the Southtowns on Tuesday, May 25. This program will be presented by Donna Gulick of OrthoSports Physical Therapy and although it is aimed for residents of the Southtowns area, is available to all.

This is a virtual program and will be presented on Zoom. For complete details and registration, please click here.

Donations to the Windsong Cares Foundation can be made via the following link or checks can be made payable to Windsong Cares Foundation and mailed to 55 Spindrift Drive, Williamsville, NY.

The Foundation is in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

For some, the news, “You have breast cancer,” is life changing. For Jolene and her mom, they were just two of those women in November 2019 and February 2020. They are both Hamburg natives and the community support they have received during treatment has been overwhelming. As Jolene said, "Fortunately, Windsong Radiology found our cancers early and we received exceptional care at both Windsong Radiology and the Windsong Breast Care surgical office. We are both currently cancer free! My treatment cost over $96,000; my mom's was over $76,000. We are extremely fortunate that our insurance covered the majority of these costs. However, it did not sit well with us that not everyone is as fortunate."

Jolene and her mom wanted to give back to their community and contacted Windsong to ask if we could raise money for their newly formed Windsong Cares Foundation, which is currently in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Although a separate organization, this Foundation shares a similar mission to the Windsong organization – to identify cancer early when it is most treatable, and if cancer is detected, connect to the support needed.

Their "More Than Strong" Fundraiser on October 17th will raise money to support the mission of Windsong Cares Foundation which is to improve access and education around cancer prevention, cancer screening, and cancer research to effectively reduce the mortality from cancer in our WNY region.

They are reaching out to businesses to ask if they would be willing to donate a basket or other goods to the fundraiser. Donations will help make our fundraiser a success and they will gladly accept  donations between now and October 1st.

If you are interested in donating or need additional information, please contact Jolene Wilson at 997-9752 or Lynn Hansen at 796-1881.

Cancer is a tough word to hear. It’s that much tougher when it’s heard a second or third time. But for one Western New York family, that was the challenge earlier this year. Fortunately, with early diagnosis and intervention, it’s a story with a happy ending.

Jolene Wilson scheduled her first mammogram shortly after her 40th birthday. As a busy banquet manager with a young family, she wasn’t sure that she could find the time to make an appointment, but Windsong Mobile Mammo was making a stop at her primary care practice the same day as her routine doctor’s appointment, making it easy and convenient to schedule an exam. She signed up, and following her test, she received some unexpected news – there were several suspicious areas found in her exam. The biopsy that followed confirmed the worst – she had breast cancer – and Jolene prepared to face this battle head on with the doctors and staff at Windsong.

Genetic testing conducted as part of Jolene’s treatment showed a genetic mutation, and her mother, Lynn, was prompted to take a second look with Windsong's team of specialists after an area of concern was identified on a prior mammogram at a different facility. As a result of Lynn’s second exam, she discovered that the suspicious finding was in fact cancer, and within the course of just two months, both mother and daughter were fighting breast cancer together.

There’s an old adage, however, that bad news often comes in threes, and within a month of Jolene and Lynn being diagnosed, Jolene’s mother-in-law was also found to have breast cancer. But thanks to the early detection and intervention by the team at Windsong, today all three women are Windsong Survivors.

“People think that a breast cancer diagnosis is just about learning you have the disease, but it is so much more than that,” said Jolene. The Windsong team worked together with Jolene’s family to support these breast cancer fighters - from the patient navigators who helped Jolene, her mom and her mother-in-law understand each step in their diagnosis and treatment process, to the biopsies, surgery and radiation treatment needed to eliminate their cancers. At Windsong – and through their family bond – the women embarked on their breast cancer journeys and together, with the support of their family, friends, colleagues and fellow survivors, they worked to successfully face the challenges and treat their cancers.

The process was also eye-opening for the women, who learned about the significant costs of cancer care – not only emotionally and mentally, but financially. While their health insurance coverage kept their respective costs down, they learned the true cost of care, and came to really empathize with those who face significant out-of-pocket costs on top of the stress and strains that cancer takes on body and mind. It’s why they are workign hard to help others in their breast cancer fight.

Through a partnership with the Breast Cancer Network and the newly founded Windsong Cares Foundation, Jolene and her mother have raised funds for the TLC Tote program, currently supported by the radiologists at Windsong and distributed through the Breast Cancer Network. The program provides totes to those recently diagnosed with breast cancer. These totes are filled with information on what to expect during the breast cancer journey. Thanks to a successful bottle and can fundraising drive, Jolene and her mother have added personal care items they found helpful during their battle. In only a few months, they have raised over $2000 thanks to the generosity of their neighbors and those that have been touched by their story on social media. Jolene and Lynn plan to continue raising fund for the Windsong Cares Foundation to support its mission- to improve access, education and research to reduce the mortality rate of cancer in our community.

Windsong is humbled by the determination and commitment shown by this fundraising duo just months after their treatment was completed. “Windsong Cares Foundation is eager to support the efforts of Jolene and Lynn as we collectively provide support to breast cancer patients throughout our community,” said Dr. Thomas Summers, President of the Foundation.

Each of us are impacted by what life throws our way, and we have the choice to let those challenges shape our mindset or accept the challenge as a mantle to do better for those who face the same fight. Jolene and her mother have taken on their battle and have made the inspiring decision to help others, to lessen their burdens and help to make a difference. To join their cause and support the Windsong Cares Foundation, contact Gina Fedele at or call 716.631.2500, ext. 2240.

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