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Seton donates $5K to Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona

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Seton Principal Patricia Collins and student Ben Leach, right, presented a $5,000 check to Rick Heumann and John Sentz of Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona during a recent ceremony. (Submitted photo)

Thanks to a $5,000 donation by Seton Catholic Preparatory, the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona (DCFA) will be able to provide mammogram screenings for 40 uninsured women.

Seton students raised the funds for the East Valley nonprofit by contributing $25 each to participate in the school’s recent Walk-A-Thon.

“We were blown away when we heard Seton donated $5,000! Last year, we were fortunate enough to host 10 screenings,” said Patti Bruno, DCFA community outreach director. “Early detections could possibly save a person’s life. These screenings would not be possible without donations from our community.”

DCFA relies entirely on volunteers to carry out its mission “to provide cancer education, access to lifesaving screenings and secure treatment resources” for uninsured and underinsured individuals.

The Student Council annually designates a different charity to receive proceeds from the Walk-A-Thon. Many students know people who are being treated for cancer, and some have lost loved ones to the disease.

Seton Principal Patricia Collins said, “DCFA was the clear choice for our student leadership. We are proud of them and all of our students for supporting such a worthy organization.”

Seton senior Ben Leach, along with a group of fellow classmates, created a video in which students, parents and teachers shared their personal experiences with cancer. The project resonated deeply with Leach as his older sister, Jordan Leach, was treated for a rare form of cancer. She passed away in December 2014, less than a year after graduating from Seton.

The Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona is a nonprofit, 501(C)3 organization dedicated to serving underinsured and uninsured members of the community who are in need of lifesaving cancer screenings, care and treatment. Established in 1998, the foundation is a grass-roots, all volunteer organization whose object is to bring together coalitions of corporations, community and service organizations and private citizens in providing resources for cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment options for our medically underserved population.

For more information on Seton Catholic Preparatory, visit: www.setoncatholic.org.

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