ARMC Presents Funds for Women in Aiken County

Aiken, SC — (May 15, 2012) Aiken Regional Medical Centers (ARMC) presented a check for $3,000 to the Best Chance Network, an affiliate of the American Cancer Society, on behalf of Women Enlightened recently. The check was for money raised the Best Chance Network at the innaugural WE Oyster Roast held on Saturday, April 28 at the Rose Hill Estate in downtown Aiken.

"We had nearly 150 people in attendance and everyone asked if we would host such an event again," Brittni Everhardt, communications specialist at ARMC said. "For the first year, we coudln't have asked for a better turnout."

The proceeds were designated for the Best Chance Network because South Carolina ranks ninth in the nation in estimated deaths due to cervical cancer and 25th in the country in deaths due to breast cancer.  In Aiken County alone, there were 122 new cases of breast cancer in 2011, with a 98 percent survival rate because of early detection.

"The Best Chance Network has been able to provide breast and cervical screening to 3,004 women in Aiken County and of those 60 were positive for breast cancer and 20 for cervical cancer, " said Dianna Lydiard, PhD, program director at Best Chance Network.

Carlos Milanes, chief executive officer of ARMC, said that he was pleased that the hospital was "able to help an organization that provides access to preventative screenings for women that they would otherwise be unable to access. Being a healthcare provider, it's our mission to support and provide all of the community resources that we can."

ARMC thanks the area businesses that sponsored the event: Rose Hill Estate, Wayne's Automotive, Allegra Marketing Print and Mail, the Aiken Standard, JC's Seafood and A.B. Beverage.

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