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In its ongoing quest to improve cancer care in the north state, the Luis Miramontes Memorial Foundation recently announced a five-year, $200,000 commitment to Mercy Foundation North to fund the purchase of a pair of endoscopic ultrasound devices to aid in the identification and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
The two Olympus linear endoscopic ultrasound scopes will be used at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, providing physicians with ultrasound images of the tissue and organs surrounding the gastrointestinal tract and offering a minimally invasive method to perform biopsies.
Pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, can go undetected for long periods of time since symptoms seldom present themselves until the cancer is in its advanced stages. The new technology will aid physicians in the detection of pancreatic cancer earlier when more treatment options are available.
The funding commitment was made earlier this month during the LMMF’s annual meeting and reception at C.R. Gibbs American Grille. The presentation was made by Redding businessman Randy Denham, a LMMF director, and Machelle Miramontes-Henning, its president.
The funding commitment was the foundation’s fifth significant contribution to Mercy Foundation North since the LMMF was established six years ago. To date, the LMMF has committed close to $400,000 to make state-of-the-art technology available to cancer patients in the north state.
“Mercy Foundation North is extremely grateful for the investment the Luis Miramontes Memorial Foundation has made in bringing new and lifesaving technology to the north state,” said Maggie Redmon, Mercy Foundation North’s president. “They have made a huge impact in the health and wellbeing of our community and we are honored to call them a partner.”
Previous LMMF-sponsored projects include:
–A da Vinci robotic surgery system to aid in the treatment of gynecologic and urologic conditions, including prostate cancer.
–A da Vinci robotic surgery system simulator.
–A navigational bronchoscope that allows physicians to detect and diagnose lung cancers at their earliest stages.
–A digital cell morphology system to automate the time-consuming effort associated with traditional microscopy.
–The remodeling of the Emmerson Oncology Unit waiting room at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
–The donation of more than $20,000 to the Alyssa Araiza Wings of Angels organization to support that group’s efforts to aid families in the north state with children suffering from pediatric cancer or life-threatening illness.
The LMMF was established in 2011 to honor the memory and generous spirit of Luis “Louie” Miramontes, the former Gold Hills Golf Course pro who died of cancer in 2008. With the support of its generous partners, the foundation works to improve cancer care in the north state by investing in state-of-the-art technology and enhancing the comfort of patients and their loved ones.