Upstate News

March 11, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

University Hospital receives $46,000 from P&C Foods to fight breast cancer

The Breast Care Center at the University Hospital of SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse received a check for $45,954 from P&C Foods to help support breast cancer research.

The check, presented March 12, represents what P&C Foods raised from its customers and employees during a fundraising campaign that featured Buffalo Bills defensive back Chris Spielman and his wife, Stefanie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July and has been undergoing extensive treatment. Spielman sat out the 1998 season so he could spend time with his children and his wife during this time.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous support of P&C Foods and its customers,” said Dr. Patricia J. Numann, medical director of University Hospital and director of the Breast Care Center. “This money will help our research efforts and strengthen our educational programming for our patients.”

Penn Traffic, the parent company of P&C Foods, created the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, with proceeds helping breast cancer research at hospitals in communities the company serves. In total, Penn Traffic is contributing $222,000 through the fund.

“We’ve been a part of the Syracuse community for a long time, and we knew that people would embrace such a positive effort,” said Nick Campbell, senior vice president of marketing for P&C Foods and Penn Traffic. “It’s a good feeling to be reminded how much people care about ending this dreaded disease.”

The Breast Care Center at University Hospital receives patients from all across central and upstate New York, including Massena, Utica, Binghamton and Oswego. More than 33,000 patient visits have been made to the center since it opened in 1986.

For each $1 donation, fund contributors had their names placed on pink ribboned footballs, which were hung on walls and windows throughout P&C stores in New York from November 1998 through January 1999.

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