December 9, 2015

Mercy ANGELs celebrate 10-year anniversary of spreading breast care message to minorities

Mercy Medical Center’s ANGEL (African American Women Nurturing and Giving Each Other Life) Network recently celebrated 10 years of working to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths among Canton-area African-American women through early-detection programs, screening access and breast health education.

Mercy Medical Center hosted an appreciation dinner and program in November for more than 40 ANGELs to mark the anniversary. Over the last 10 years, Mercy’s certified ANGELs have participated in 110 health fairs, 116 speaking engagements, Cleveland and Akron Komen Race for the Cure events, and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. They have also promoted breast cancer awareness among African-American women by sponsoring community programs. What started with two ANGELs in 2005 is now a network of 74 ANGELs strong.

“The ANGEL Network has been a true blessing to Canton and Mercy Medical Center,” said Dina K. Rooney, M.D., medical oncologist and medical director of Mercy Breast Care Center. “The ANGELs truly advocate for improved screening and health services in the community, especially reaching minority women who previously may have lacked faith in the medical community. They have become a shining example of community service and are role models to other communities and health systems.”

Modeled after a program originating in Colorado Springs, Mercy ANGELs are spreading lifesaving messages about appropriate breast care. To learn more, visit cantonmercy.org/angel-network.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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