At Catawba Valley Medical Center, we know that early detection of cancer can lead to better outcomes. Because of this, we partner with other agencies to promote cancer awareness and early detection within our community. These initiatives include the following:
Catawba County Breast Cancer Coalition
An initiative involving the medical center and several local agencies offering free breast health education programs to women and teens in the community. Through a leadership role with the Catawba County Breast Cancer Coalition and partnerships with the American Cancer Society and the NC Foothills affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Catawba Valley Medical Center plays a vital part in promoting breast health and early detection within the community. The Coalition provides breast health program in Spanish and Hmong. Each October, the coalition hosts the Pink Tea, a celebration of breast cancer survivors and all women. The event includes entertainment, keynote speaker, refreshments, door prizes and fellowship. Partnering will the NC Foothills Affiliate of Susan G Komen, CCBCC participates in their Pink Sunday Event in Catawba County. Pink Sunday is a faith based initiative that provides women with breast cancer and other health information. For more information, contact Brenda Putnam at 828-732-6054.
Catawba County Wig Bank
The Catawba County Wig Bank provides new and gently used wigs, breast prostheses and mastectomy bras for cancer survivors and patients who cannot purchase these items themselves. Head coverings are also available. All items are donated by the community and the American Cancer Society. Community volunteers make the turbans and other head coverings.
Other than the American Cancer Society, the wig bank is sponsored by NC Foothills Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, Members Credit Union and Maiden Recreation Center Cheerleaders. The wig bank is staff by volunteers. The hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Appointments are appreciated. Call Brenda Putnam at 828-732-6054 for an appointment. The wig bank is managed by the Catawba County Breast Cancer Coalition.
Catawba County Wig Bank
437 Main Avenue SW
Hickory, NC 28602
Catawba County Camisole Project
In conjunction with Catawba County Cooperative Extension and the Catawba County Breast Cancer Coalition, the Camisole Project provides free camisoles for women who undergo breast cancer surgery. The volunteers meet on the first Monday of the month to sew these camisoles. These soft camisoles are also useful for women who are receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer. The ladies have been sewing for breast cancer patients since the summer of 2001.