Saving the Winkley Women's Center
It was 12 years ago when Jane Winkley, a breast cancer survivor and longtime resident of the Flathead Valley, heard about women in rural Montana who had to drive more than 80 miles for a mammogram and then wait months for their test results. In Jane's mind that just wasn't right. No woman should have to go so far and wait so long for such necessary care. She developed a plan, or what some might call a vision, to bring breast care resources to women in rural Montana.
In 2008 that vision became a reality when the Winkley Women's Center coach began breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for approximately 2000 patients per year. In 11 years, the Winkley coach has logged more than 325,000 miles and provided nearly 21,000 mammograms, resulting in 160 cancers detected. As with time and frequent use, the original 2D technology aboard the coach has become outdated and nonfunctional—nearly retiring Winkley's mobile services.
Now, with great honor, our Save a Sister
initiative is forging ahead to save Winkley's vision by taking the lead in the fundraising efforts to continue to bring breast screenings to women across the state. We can do this together and we believe now more than ever that no woman should have to wait
"If it saves one life, it was worth every penny." - Jane Winkley
The Save a Sister mission is to lessen the impact of breast cancer in our community. As of now, due to community needs, there is a temporary leased mammography coach, which will travel to nine different sites in northwest Montana until we have a permanent solution.
Our vision is to not only bring mobile services back to rural Montana, but to have an updated vehicle with modern 3D mammography technology along with bone density and ultrasound scanning equipment. With the mobile truck and chassis costing $550,000 and the 3D mammography and scanning technology at $470,000, our ready-to-hit-the-road price tag totals at $1,020,000
How You Can Help
Your support of this program is life-changing for hundreds of women in rural Montana.
- Naming rights to the coach — $500,000
- Sponsor the imaging room — $50,000
- Sponsor the exam room (reserved) — $25,000
- Sponsor the reception/waiting area — $25,000
For more information on the mobile mammography coach and how to support this life-saving initiative, contact the Foundation at (406) 751-6930