Reporting Holly Wagner
WINDOM, Minn. (WCCO) – A Minnesota mother and daughter trying to raise money to help others fight breast cancer heard some very good news recently.
The equipment they so desperately wanted in their small town will be coming this summer.
Tammy Hall and her daughter Tyann Marcy have been raising money over the past few months to help their town of Windom buy breast cancer screening equipment.
Tammy was told she would have to wait several weeks for a mobile screening unit to come to town when she found a lump in her breast in the fall of 2010.
After a double mastectomy, and chemo treatment, Tammy and her daughter are out on a mission to prevent this from happening to other women.
They organized a breast cancer walk, and other fundraisers. Over the past six months, they’ve raised more than $30,000, a fraction of the amount needed for digital mammography equipment. Windom Area Hospital has since received additional support.
Spokesperson Katie Slette said a $46,000 donation was made to the hospital by Daisy Jacobs and will go toward the equipment. This week, the hospital board approved payment for the rest of the cost. Digital mammography equipment will run around $205,000.
Slette says the equipment will be installed sometime over the summer.
Meanwhile, Tammy and her daughter Tyann plan to continue fundraising. They will have another walk in the fall and will use the money to help low-income women with health care costs.