October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
16 years ago, the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center, a service of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, opened its doors. The only facility of its kind in the Santa Clarita Valley, it was created through the experience of breast cancer survivors, patients and their families.
The Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center was designed with a patient’s physical and emotional needs in mind, and was named in memory of Sheila Regan Veloz, a staunch supporter of Henry Mayo’s Breast Cancer Awareness Program. Her fundraising efforts and indefatigable spirit inspired many to help take up the cause. When Sheila passed away from breast cancer in 2001, a generous donation from her husband, the late Tom Veloz, and funds seeded through the efforts of Wayne and Dianne Crawford and Don and Cheri Fleming via the Crawford-Fleming Golf Invitational, helped open the center in her name.
The center is accredited for mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and breast MRI. It also now offers Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS) for screening patients with dense breasts. Dense breast tissue can often obscure cancers on a mammogram, and research indicates dense breast tissue is the leading common risk factor for the development of breast cancer.
The best available tool for breast cancer detection continues to be the mammogram. The Breast Center uses state-of-the-art Genius 3D digital mammography, an FDA-approved system that detects 41 percent more invasive breast cancer and reduces false positives by up to 40 percent, which translates to early detection.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated in October at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. A variety of local vendors are supporting the center this month by holding fundraisers in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness (please see accompanying Calendar of Events).
The Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center does not require a physician’s referral or prescription for routine screening mammograms. Options for underinsured patients are available. The center is located on the hospital’s campus at 23929 McBean Parkway, Suite 101, Valencia, and appointments can be scheduled by calling 661-200-1099.
This year’s schedule:
Oct 1 – 31
Pink Ribbon Pins
Available at the hospital gift shop for a $5 donation. 23845 McBean Parkway
$1 for each “Pink Shake” purchased will be donated. Call 661.799.7900 or visit results-fitness.com
Salt Creek Grille
Enjoy the “Sheila,” a delicious pink martini, and Salt Creek Grille will donate a generous percentage of sales. 24415 Town Center Dr # 115, Valencia.
Oct 6, 15, and 24, 4 – 10 p.m.
Wine 661 – Drink Pink to Raise Green
For every glass or bottle purchased or consumed on premises of rose’ wine or rose’ champagne (pink drinks) on this date, Wine 661 will donate 25%. 24268 Valencia Blvd, Valencia or visit www.wine661.com
The Daily Harvest Café and Juicery
will donate a generous percentage of sales on this day. 22722 Lyons Ave. Ste 6, Newhall. www.thedailyharvestcafe.com
StoneFire Grill will donate a generous portion of the day’s receipts, dine-in or takeout. 23300 Cinema Drive, Valencia.
Oct 16, 7 – 9 p.m.
Paint and drink wine at this FUNdraiser! Pinot’s Palette – Valencia, 25850 McBean Parkway, Granary Square. Pinot’s Palette will donate a generous portion of the evening’s proceeds. Call 661.260.0846 to register.
Rattler’s BAR B QUE will donate a generous portion of the day’s receipts, dine-in or takeout. 26495 Golden Valley Rd, Santa Clarita. 661.251.4195
Oct 23, 6 p.m.
The Annual Carole Hunt Memorial “Bingo or Bust” hosted by the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Auxiliary Come enjoy a night of Bingo at this fundraiser. Buy-in is only $35 prepaid and $45 at the door, and includes 2 cards and refreshments. Seating is limited and will sell out fast! For reservations, please register online at www.henrymayogiving.com/bingo
A Day of Creating Beauty at Advanced Dermatology Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Care will donate a generous portion of the day’s proceeds. 28212 Kelly Johnson Parkway, Suite 245, Valencia, CA. 91355. 661-254-3686, ext: 212. creatingbeauty.com
Oct 27, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Zumbathon Breast Cancer Fundraiser – Dance for Life! Prizes and refreshments! Henry Mayo Fitness & Health. 24525 Town Center Drive, Valencia $25 donation required at registration. Call 661.200.1202 or register at henrymayogiving.com/zumba
Oct 8, 5 – 7 p.m.
An Evening of Awareness: – Henry Mayo Center. 23803 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, First Floor.Join oncology surgeon Dortha Chu, MD and radiologist Anjali Date, MD as they present on Breast Cancer Awareness, from prevention to detection to treatment. FREE. Sign up at henrymayo.com/classes or call 661.200.1300.
Oct 9, 1 – 2 p.m.
Breast Cancer Awareness Lecture– Bella Vida SCV Senior Center, 27180 Golden Valley Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91351. Join Mari Shay, RN, Manager of the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center, as she speaks on breast cancer awareness, from prevention to detection to treatment.
Oct 24, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Breast Cancer Awareness Lecture – Centerbury Village, 23420 Avenida Rotella, Santa Clarita, 91355
Join Mari Shay, RN, Manager of the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center, as she speaks on breast cancer awareness, from prevention to detection to treatment.
Your participation in the events listed will help fund state-of-the-art equipment and ensure patients in our community have access to superior technology for breast cancer detection.
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