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Concert spotlights, benefits St. John breast care program

Dr. Cheryl Wesen, Sheryl Crow, Jean Meyer and Kathy LaRaia meet and greet before the concert.

November 14, 2013
Singer and breast cancer survivor Sheryl Crow teamed up with St. John Providence Health System and 99.5 FM WYCD radio to spotlight breast cancer awareness during October and at her concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills Oct. 25.

At the concert, a special St. John Providence seating section was featured, and a portion of the ticket sales from this section benefited the hospital's "Because We Care" program to provide mammography screenings to uninsured and under-insured women who meet certain criteria.

While the audience was still applauding the singing star's encore at the end of her performance, Crow invited the hospital's representatives on stage to present a check for $5,000 to the fund.

Jean Meyer, interim president and CEO; Kathy LaRaia, vice president of the weight management and oncology centers; and Cheryl Wesen M.D., medical director of the hospital's breast care program, accepted the check. Crow reminded the audience she is a breast cancer survivor and it is important for women to conduct breast self exams and get screened regularly. Meyer reiterated the importance of screening mammograms and thanked the singer for her participation in promoting breast cancer awareness.

The program has assisted more than 400 uninsured and under-insured women with screenings, diagnostic mammograms and biopsies. For more information, call a cancer care coordinator at 1-866-246-4673.

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