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Published on September 24, 2015

Uplifting Event Touches Women Affected by Breast Cancer

Spartanburg Regional Foundation event raises funds for mammograms

When Nancy Waddell found herself without health insurance, she skipped her yearly mammogram in 2005. After being diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in November 2006, Nancy now works to educate uninsured women on the resources available so no one else has to miss their mammography.

Julie Lowry, a breast cancer survivor of four years, had no idea that many women don’t get their annual mammograms.

Through the Uplifting Event, hosted by the Spartanburg Regional Foundation, Nancy and Julie are coming together with hundreds of other women touched by breast cancer. These women work to raise awareness about the importance of mammograms and raise money for the mammography assistance program to ensure no woman goes without this life saving screening.

“I know several women I spoke to last year who never had a mammogram and got one after we talked,” Julie said. “The number of women who don’t get mammograms is astonishing. I support anything we can do to help eradicate this terrible disease.”

The Uplifting Event takes place on Monday, Oct. 26, at 11:30 a.m., during Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Spartanburg Marriott.

This year’s luncheon will bring together more than 600 women affected by breast cancer either through personal experience or that of a mother, sister, daughter or friend. Proceeds benefit the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, which continues a long tradition of promoting breast cancer awareness, screening and support.

“Breast cancer remains the most common cancer impacting women and is a top priority for us,” said Kristy Caradori, executive director of Spartanburg Regional Foundation. “The Uplifting Event supports early detection, which saves lives. We are passionate about this cause and excited to host this premiere event empowering women and everyone who loves them.”

The American Cancer Society estimates 234,190 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year; 40,730 women are expected to die from the disease in 2015. The Foundation emphasizes early screening, accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

“It is an honor for me to support the Uplifting event,” said Michael Orseck, MD, Medical Group of the Carolinas plastic surgeon. “It is critical for women to be informed, support one another and understand their options when they face a breast cancer diagnosis. This event makes a positive impact on women’s lives.”

With money raised by fundraisers like the Uplifting Event, Nancy is able to provide outreach and encouragement for women to take advantage of the Mobile Mammography unit as it travels throughout Spartanburg and surrounding counties.
“I skipped a year with a mammogram. I can relate to all of these women, because I was unaware that there was a service available and that I could get one for free,” Nancy said. “I share my story with women, because I can relate to all these women. If we as women would put our health issues before school, friends, family and jobs, we would be better off.”

For additional information or to participate, please contact the Spartanburg Regional Foundation at

About the Spartanburg Regional Foundation

The Spartanburg Regional Foundation is a charitable organization whose primary mission is to benefit the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System through direct support of community programs and services that share Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s mission of providing quality health care to our community.

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.

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