Local business helps fund mammograms

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Generous donation: On behalf of their most recent effort, Tom Krygsheld (far right) and his son, Dan (far left), of Illiana Heating and Air Conditioning, presented a $3,350 check to Dr. Mary Nicholson (second from left) at the Women’s Diagnostic Center, as Shelly De Young looks on. | Supplied photo

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Kindness and concern out of the hearts of local business owners on behalf of their employee is going a long way in the fight against breast cancer. St. John’s Illiana Heating and Cooling owner Tom Krygsheld recently presented a $3,350 check to Mary Nicholson, M.D., medical director of the Community Hospital Women’s Diagnostic Center in Munster. The funding is earmarked for patients who don’t have insurance and need diagnostic imaging and/or biopsy.

“This generous donation will help supplement a grant we have received from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust that covers approximately 50 screening mammograms,” Nicholson said. “We’re working to help women believe the truth that early detected breast cancers can be treated successfully. We strive to ease our patients’ minds, alleviate their stress and fear, and replace it with confidence in care that’s close to home. This funding will enable us to serve many more with the care they need,” she said.

St. John resident Shelley DeYoung is a three-year breast cancer survivor. She credits her recovery, in part, on her health-care team at Community Hospital, the Women’s Diagnostic Center, and support from her employers – Illiana Heating and Air Conditioning.

Care for others

To ensure other area women will be able to access the same quality care as their customer service representative, De Young, Tom, and his wife, Sue Krygsheld, of Illiana Heating and Air Conditioning, held a fundraiser during October – Breast Cancer Awareness month. Proceeds from installs and service calls during the month went to an account set up through Community Hospital to help other local women — those without insurance and who otherwise couldn’t afford them — receive diagnostic mammograms at the Women’s Diagnostic Center.

Breast cancer is a disease that can be diagnosed early through routine mammography. The Women’s Diagnostic Center of Community Hospital offers digital mammography with same-day results. With advances such as same-day results and coordination between area physicians, women can generally begin treatment for breast cancer within 10 days of diagnosis — saving lives.

In 2011, the Krygshelds also provided a donation to the Women’s Diagnostic Center as a result of their October fundraiser. Diagnostic imaging was made available to women with that funding and one did turn out to be positive for breast cancer – providing care where there wouldn’t have been an opportunity otherwise.

For more information about Illiana Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., call 219.365.0006 or visit www.illianaheating.net. Learn more about the Women’s Diagnostic Center and advances in women’s care at www.comhs.org.

Provided by Community Healthcare System