LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 7, 2020) – 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 www.chisaintjosephhealth.org//chi-saint-joseph-health/ways-to-help/saint-joseph-hospital-foundation/events/yes-mamm.
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.
About Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation
Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation supports CHI Saint Joseph Health’s drive for excellence by inspiring donors to make a tangible difference through their philanthropic investment in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.
About LBX Company
LBX Company LLC offers a full line of Link-Belt hydraulic excavators—including standard, long front & minimum swing configurations—from 8 to 80 metric tons, along with scrap and material handlers, forestry machines and work tools. Link-Belt machines and work tools are available through an extensive network of dealers in North and Latin America. LBX’s subsidiary company, LBX do Brasil, distributes these products in Latin America. LBX Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Construction Machinery, a worldwide leader in construction equipment innovation and quality manufacturing based in Chiba, Japan.
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