Kristin Melville, Executive Director, at the WCA Foundation received a donation from Kicking for the Cure, an annual fundraising event led by Southwestern Central School Soccer teams, Girls Modified and Varsity, and the Boys Modified and Varsity.
The fundraising event began as a means to support the late Janet Lindell, a fellow Southwestern Central School graduate, parent, and school employee who was an integral part of the school’s soccer community. She passed away in August of 2021 from a courageous battle with breast cancer. The team has continued to fundraise in her memory with proceeds to benefit local patients receiving breast cancer care at UPMC Chautauqua and to the Janet Lindell Scholarship Fund established at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
Melville, a breast cancer patient herself, thanked the team and coaches for their compassionate fundraising campaign. She remarked, “If there is one take away from this, have a mammogram and encourage others who may be unsure if they need one to have one. Prevention saves lives.”
The WCA Foundation celebrates 41 years of supporting patient care, providing $12M in grant funds to WCA Hospital, and now UPMC Chautauqua. FMI: To donate or learn more, visit wcafoundationjamestown.org or contact their office located at Jones Health, 51 Glasgow Avenue, Jamestown, New York, 14702-0840, at 716-664-8665.