Local High School Students Raise Money To Help Patients Of Breast Center At Bristol Regional

VHS CheerleadersStudents at Virginia High School are supporting the community's health with a special donation to help patients of the Leonard Family Comprehensive Breast Center at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Recently, Virginia High junior Logan Cofer initiated a two-week fundraiser to help those who are fighting breast cancer. Cofer's goal was to sell as many pink T-shirts as possible for students to wear during the school's football game against Lebanon High School on Friday, Oct. 25.

Cofer's hard work and the help of classmates and local businesses enabled her to raise $2,500 for the breast center's patient assistance fund. To celebrate, students came to Bristol Regional on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for a tour of the innovative breast center, which is part of the Wellmont Cancer Institute.

The patient assistance fund works with Wellmont Foundation to distribute funds to those who need financial help for emergency and personal needs during their care.

"We appreciate the community spirit exhibited by Logan and her classmates," said Dr. Sue Prill, a medical oncologist with Wellmont Medical Associates Oncology & Hematology. "It is inspirational to see high school students making such an impact in our region's health care. Their generosity and thoughtfulness are playing an integral role in helping our patients heal during this major moment in their lives."

The breast center was opened in June on the first floor of Bristol Regional. It provides an enhanced collaborative care model in which physicians and other caregivers from multiple disciplines develop a treatment plan tailored to meet each patient's needs.

Other highlights of this extraordinary facility are comprehensive breast care services under one roof, a medical oncologist dedicated exclusively to breast care, a comforting spa-like atmosphere and parking spaces set aside in front of the hospital for patients. Dr. Prill, a medical doctor, is based at the center.

"Our cancer program is empowered by the philanthropic support we have received from the community," said Sue Lindenbusch, the cancer institute's senior vice president. "Together, we can bolster the level of care we deliver at Bristol Regional and our other cancer facilities in the region. These students provided the latest example how partnerships give our patients strength for today and hope for tomorrow."  

For more information about breast health and ways to support healthcare initiatives, please visit www.wellmont.org.