Staff Report

Members of the freshman, junior varsity and varsity “Lady Pirates” volleyball teams at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School raised $1,650 at a “Go Pink Ace-a-thon” and bake sale on Oct. 1, then donated the proceeds to the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation’s 3-D Mammography Initiative.

 The check was presented to Foundation Administrator June Martin and Initiative Co-chair Tresha Sell during pre-game festivities on Oct. 15. 

“We are so thankful that the Lady Pirates Volleyball teams at our local high school donated their hard-earned Ace-a-thon funds to us this season,” said Martin. “It really means a lot for young women to show this kind of support for the community.” 

In October 2018, SYVCH Foundation launched the 3D Mammography Initiative to purchase the Genius 3D Mammography system developed by Hologic Inc. The system uses advanced breast tomosynthesis technology that has been clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers and decrease the need for additional testing.

A Genius 3D mammography exam creates a three-dimensional image of the breast structure that allows the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. This provides a clearer image that enables seeing through overlapping tissue to detect more invasive breast cancers, often at an earlier stage.

Appointments for a 3D mammography exam at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital will be available starting in January.

The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop, manage and channel the community’s financial support on behalf of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital.