IOWA CITY - Moved by the loss of a loved one to breast cancer, the management of a local car dealership is funding a number of mammograms at two area hospitals and encouraging women to take action as Breast Cancer Awareness Month enters its final week.
Carousel Motors and Carousel Nissan, 809 and 817 Highway 1 West, launched the project last year when general manager Pat Lind's 32-year-old daughter, Kelley, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“We want to help women find breast cancer early, before it’s too late. That's why we felt it was important to work with the Bras for the Cause charity that helps pay for mammograms," Lind said, "Knowing the money would be kept local was especially meaningful to us. Last month, Kelley lost her battle with breast cancer at the young age of 33."
Seeking to directly impact the people of Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and surrounding communities, the company partnered last year with Bras for a Cause in 2011.
"We knew Bras for the Cause is an organization that keeps local money in the community to be used for uninsured or under-insured women so they can afford mammograms," Lind said. "By committing to one mammogram per car sold in the last ten days of October, Carousel donated $8,300 to Bras for the Cause last year."
That money, along with another $10,000 donated this year, was placed in the “Carousel Auto Group Fund” at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids and Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Women can visit those hospitals and ask about the fund or apply for a grant through the dealership's website.
Lind said he welcomes additional donations to the fund. Checks should be written to "Bras for the Cause" with "Carousel Auto Group Fund" in the memo area.
"I don’t want any father, husband, brother, son or anyone else to experience such a loss," he said. "Together, one small step at a time, we can bring an end to this disease and the devastating pain and heartache it brings.”