January 19, 2010
Events focus on Cervical Cancer Awareness
By Rachel Vesco
Special to the Press-Gazette
An estimated 4,070 women in the
To help raise awareness about this deadly disease, organizations and foundations in the Green Bay area will hold events and offer services during January, Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, to help local women protect themselves.
The SAS Foundation, established in 2007
in honor of Sybil Ann Seehawer, a
On Wednesday, SAS will hold its first Wine and Hooha Event to raise awareness and engage women in a discussion about their health.
"We're trying to make it casual event where women can learn about the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer, different things they can do to help lower their risk for cervical cancer," said SAS co-founder Kellie Delveaux.
The event coincides with the group's Wear Teal Day, where women are encouraged to wear teal in honor of women battling cervical cancer.
Although January highlights the importance of the fight against cervical cancer, there are local services available year-round.
The MSZ Foundation, founded by cervical
cancer survivor Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer
and her husband, Gary, provides funds that allow low-income women to receive
free cervical cancer tests and screenings through the Bellin
Health System, the Aurora Hospital System,
"We simply didn't want any woman who was unable to pay for these medical services to have to get in the car and drive a long distance to get a free pap smear," Spittell Ziegelbauer said. "We wanted to take the services to her "
and her husband also have a privately held endowment fund at St. Mary's
Hospital to provide free pap smears as well as any follow-up services needed.
On the Net-
· MSZ Foundation: www.freepapsmear.org
· SAS Foundation: www.sasfoundation.org