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Published on January 22, 2016

Waterbury Firefighters Donate $1,5000 to Breast Screening Fund at Saint Mary’s

WATERBURY, Conn. (January 22, 2016) ─ Members of the Waterbury Fire Department IAFF Local 1339 presented a check for $1,561.40 to the Breast Screening Fund at Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation on January 14. Firefighters raised the funds by selling custom t-shirts to promote Breast Cancer Awareness in October. The t-shirts were created by Greenwich firefighter Nate Schulde, owner of Litchfield Embroidery, and were made available for purchase at the Waterbury Fire Department and Brass City Barber and Salon on Meriden Road, which is owned by Waterbury Firefighter Bill Unwin and his wife, Lori.

This is the second consecutive year the firefighters have raised funds for to the Breast Screening Fund, which provides free screening mammograms and other breast screening procedures to women in Greater Waterbury who would otherwise not have access to care. Last year alone, the fund provided breast screenings for 188 women in Greater Waterbury.

“Many times our breast surgeons or a primary care physician will refer to us a patient who needs a diagnostic test and is either uninsured or has a high deductible health plan and can’t afford the cost of the test. The value of the program is that it helps to ensure access to breast health, screening and diagnostic services for all women in our community,” said Nancy Baranowski, APRN, Project Director, Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at Saint Mary’s.

Firefighter David Sikes thanked Waterbury Fire Department Chief David Martin for his approval of the design and support of the fundraising efforts.

“Our Foundation is so appreciative of this contribution. It is truly what allows our health system the ability to provide services to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. We applaud the firefighters from Local 1339 for thinking of us as the beneficiary of their efforts, and we will put these funds to very good use providing services to women in this community,” said Carrie McMahon, Executive Director of Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation.

For more information about Breast Cancer services at Saint Mary’s, visit

About Saint Mary’s Hospital

Saint Mary’s Health System is a leading regional healthcare provider anchored by Saint Mary’s Hospital, an acute care community teaching hospital that has served Greater Waterbury for more than 100 years. Licensed for 347 beds, Saint Mary’s is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, offers award-winning cardiac and stroke care and houses the region’s only pediatric emergency care unit. As the leading provider of surgical services in Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s was the first to introduce the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System. The health system’s satellites and affiliates extend from Waterbury to Wolcott, Naugatuck, Southbury, Prospect and Watertown. Visit for more information or follow us on Facebook at SaintMarysHospitalCT or Twitter at @SaintMarysCT.

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