Breast Health Awareness Night with The silver Stars to Benefit the Christus Santa Rosa Mobile Mammography Unit
(SAN ANTONIO, TX – August 8, 2013) —CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System is proud to present Breast Health Awareness Night with the San Antonio Silver Stars on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Wearing pink uniforms, the San Antonio Silver Stars will face off against the Phoenix Mercury at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center, on a specially painted pink court.
Following the game, the players will auction their jerseys live, on-court, with proceeds benefitting the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Mobile Mammography Unit (MMU) and Silver & Black Give Back (SBGB). Last season, the Silver Stars Breast Health Awareness auction raised $41,200 which was put toward services for the unfunded and upgrades to the MMU, as well as SBGB youth programs.
“Breast screening is important and saves the lives of women every day. More than one third of the screenings we provide are unfunded and must be covered by funds raised through donations. We appreciate the support of the San Antonio Silver Stars to better serve our region’s female population to receive this lifesaving screening,” noted Stephanie Krueger, director of development for the Friends of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Foundation.
The CHRISTUS Santa Rosa MMU offers convenient and affordable breast cancer screenings for women in Bexar and 13 surrounding counties, many of whom live a considerable distance from the nearest medical center. Since the opening of the MMU in 2005, we have provided more than 12,000 mammograms. In 2013, the MMU underwent a transformation to include a new design and upgraded digital technology. Since the upgrade, the unit provides an average of 320 screenings per month, a 50 percent increase since the conversion to digital technology.
“Silver & Black Give Back is proud to partner with countless women volunteers – from teachers to nurses to moms – in our work with youth,” said Laura Dixon executive director of Silver & Black Give Back. “Protecting our community partners is in all of our interests. SBGB and the Silver Stars are committed to helping CHRISTUS continue to provide a growing number of screenings in hopes of seeing a growing number of survivors.”
The Mobile Mammography Unit provides approximately 1,000 screening mammograms annually to women who have difficulty accessing these services because of transportation, financial, cultural, or other constraints.
About the Silver Stars
The San Antonio Silver Stars are one of four professional sports franchises owned and operated by Spurs Sports & Entertainment – the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), the Rampage (AHL) and the Austin Toros (NBA D-League) – and play their home games at the SS&E operated AT&T Center. The 2013 season will mark the teams 11th year in San Antonio, as the Utah Starzz relocated to the Alamo City in 2003. In operation since 1997, the WNBA – which features 12 teams – is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the world.
About Silver & Black Give Back
Silver & Black Give Back is the nonprofit partner of the Spurs Sports & Entertainment family of teams; the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), Rampage (AHL), Silver Stars (WNBA) and Austin Toros (NBA Developmental League). For 25 years, our players, coaches and staff have been focused on fostering young talent and enriching the community by encouraging local youth to become responsible adults and give back. Through our unique resources and opportunities, we work to creatively engage young people to enrich their communities. By offering youth sports programs, such as the Silver Stars and Spurs Youth Basketball Leagues, and youth-led service programs like the Team Up Challenge, we’ve invested in and empowered hundreds of thousands of young people over the last 25 years. While sport is our business, community is our passion. www.sbgb.org
About the Friends of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Foundation
The Friends of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Foundation was founded in 1997 to support the adult health and wellness services at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is a Catholic, faith-based, nonprofit health and wellness ministry dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and providing the highest quality medical care and services available. As one of the top health care organizations in South-Central Texas, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has five hospital campuses, with campuses located in the South Texas Medical Center, in New Braunfels, in Westover Hills, and a short-stay surgical hospital in Alamo Heights. For additional information on the Friends of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Foundation, visit www.santarosafoundation.org and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christussantarosafoundation.