Carilion Clinic: Thank You Panera!Panera Bread Raises $4700 for Free Cancer Screenings

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Thank You Panera!
Panera Bread Raises $4700 for Free Cancer Screenings

ROANOKE, Va. (Feb. 4, 2009) – Carilion Clinic was presented with a check for $4,700 from Panera Bread Co. to provide much needed screenings for women in the area through the Every Woman’s Life (EWL) program. EWL, a federally funded program through the Virginia Department of Health, helps women who are low-income and uninsured or underinsured to be screened for breast and cervical cancer.

"With the current difficult economic situation, more and more women are in need of services EWL provides. In order to continue providing these valuable services, additional money is needed," said Kathy Womack, Oncology Community Services Specialist with Carilion and coordinator of the EWL program.

Carilion Clinic and Panera Bread Co. began a partnership in the fall with the Positively Pink Parade – a celebration of life for breast cancer survivors, their families and supporters. As the administrative provider of EWL in the area, Carilion Clinic looked to their partnership with Panera to continue their cause to improve women’s health. I

Funds for EWL were raised through the sales of Pink Ribbon bagels, "fight like a girl" awareness rings and personal donations matched by Panera Bread Co. during Breast Cancer Awareness month. The money raised will allow Carilion Clinic to provide more screening services for women who qualify for the EWL program.

For more information about the EWL program, please visit

Click below to watch Lauren Perpetua and jenny McCombs present the check to Kathy Womack and participants in the EWL program.