Mayor Karen Hasara

Mayor Supports Free Mammograms for City Employees

This marks the third year in a row .that Mayor Karen Hasara of Springfield, Illinois, has proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and October 15th as Mammography Day in Springfield. Through the efforts of the mayor, the City of Springfield offers free mammograms to city employees over the age of 35. In 1998, 468 individuals took advantage of the program. As of September 30, 1999, .535 women have had free mammograms through this program.

Getting Behind Fundraising

Mayor Hasara also supports fundraising. .As Team Captain for the City of Spring-field Teams, she participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Two city teams competed for 1999 bragging rights by raising more than $2,000 .for cancer research.

On October 15, 1999, Springfield city employees participated in Lee National Denim Day, a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. For the opportunity to wear jeans to work, employees across the country contribute to this event, which has the goal of raising $6 .million in a single day. This is always a very successful way to raise money in Springfield because the employees like wearing jeans to work, especially for such a good cause.

Follow-Up and Treatment

The City of Springfield takes the position that if women are to be encouraged to seek mammography, adequate treatment must be available for those who are diagnosed. .A coalition of public health departments and health care providers – the Illinois Department of Public Health, Women’s Health Division; the Sangamon County Department of Public Health; the Springfield Department of Public Health; and Memorial Medical Center – all collaborate on this endeavor. The process is greatly enhanced by the presence of two teaching hospitals and a medical school in the city – resources that allow for an individualized approach to finding the right follow-up for suspicious conditions as well as treatment for diagnosed women.

Future Plans

Springfield, Illinois can be counted .on as a leader in the fight against breast cancer with Mayor Hasara leading the way by:

  • raising money for research;

  • getting her own mammogram .every year;

  • encouraging her employees to do .the same;

  • continuing to offer free screening .for city employees; and

  • responding to the needs of the .underinsured and uninsured population.

For more information, please contact:

Emmie Wythe
Assistant to the Mayor
telephone: 217/789-2200