LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation’s Yes, Mamm! Program, which provides services and assistance to breast cancer patients and survivors in Kentucky, received a check Thursday for $72,500 from Lexington-based Link-Belt Excavators (LBX).
Every three years, LBX paints a hydraulic excavator pink for breast cancer awareness, then displays the 15.2-metric ton piece of machinery, referred to as the “Pink-Belt,” at LBX dealers across the U.S. The Pink-Belt is then auctioned off to raise money for local breast cancer organizations. This is the second time Yes, Mamm! has been a beneficiary of the auction.
The check presentation was a result of this auction, which took place at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, a national construction trade show, in Las Vegas in March. Jay Shafer of Sparks, Nevada-based Shafer Equipment Company placed the winning bid of $145,000 for the Pink-Belt. All of the proceeds were split between the Yes, Mamm! Program and Susan G. Komen Kentucky.
“We are so grateful for this donation from LBX, which will help us continue to provide free mammography screening, diagnostic services, and program support to uninsured and underinsured women and men in Kentucky,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. “We are proud to team up each year to raise awareness about breast cancer in our community and cannot thank LBX enough for their ongoing efforts.”
“LBX has been a supporter from the beginning of the Yes Mamm! program for seven years in a row, and this is now their second excavator donation,” said Bruce Tassin, CEO, CHI Saint Joseph Health, and president, Saint Joseph Hospital. “Our Yes, Mamm! Program is essential to providing comprehensive services to cancer patients and survivors, and LBX’s generosity is important in our ability to continue delivering this life-changing assistance.”
Over the past seven years, the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation’s Yes, Mamm! Program has raised nearly $630,000 to provide more than 3,000 mammograms, 700 diagnostic services, 500 ultrasounds and approximately $5,000 in transportation assistance for patients. The Yes, Mamm! Program also helps support lifesaving equipment for patients and supplies such as lymphedema sleeves, wigs, chemo caps, patient counseling and education.
For more information on the Yes, Mamm! Program, visit https://www.chisaintjosephhealth.org/yes-mamm.