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Published on October 08, 2009

Safeway Foundation recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating to Community Hospital 's Breast Care Center

Contact: Brenda Moore 831-625-4544 831-625-4505

MONTEREY , Calif. - Women who need diagnostic mammograms but can't afford them are the beneficiaries of a $30,000 grant made by the Safeway Foundation to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula .

The grant will give eligible women access to the latest in breast cancer detection, offered by Community Hospital 's Breast Care Center . Thanks to a $2.5 million fundraising campaign in 2008, the center has installed the latest in digital mammography equipment.

The Breast Care Center already offers screening mammograms to women who can't pay for them through the Sherry Cockle Memorial Endowment Fund. The grant from the Safeway Foundation enables the center to help those who need the next level of diagnostic examination.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to provide this opportunity to women who are in need," says Jan Dunn, breast care coordinator at Community Hospital . "The Safeway Foundation has a history of significant commitment to breast care research and awareness and we are happy to be part of that."

Safeway officials will present the $30,000 check to Dr. Susan Roux, medical director of the Breast Care Center , at 11 a.m. October 14 at the Safeway store in Del Rey Oaks.

Since 2001, the Safeway Foundation has raised more than $40 million for detection and treatment of breast cancer. In October 2008, Safeway as a company raised $18 million in a month-long effort during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Safeway's 2009 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign kicked off October 1 and continues throughout the month as Safeway customers will be asked whether they would like to donate money for breast cancer programs.

"Together with our employees and customers, the Safeway Foundation is making a significant impact by funding programs focused on finding a cure for and raising awareness of this disease," says Karl Schroeder, president, Northern California Division of Safeway. 

Representatives from the Breast Care Center will be at Monterey County Safeway stores during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, providing information on breast health and mammograms and supporting Safeway's fundraising efforts.

For more information about the Breast Care Center and its services, please call 649-7233 or go online at www. chomp.org

ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula , marking its 75th anniversary this year,   has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through 15 locations, including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast , and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/

ABOUT SAFEWAY http://www.safeway.com/

Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America , based on sales. The company operates 1,739 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $44.1 billion in 2008. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY. Safeway supports a broad range of charitable and community programs and in 2008 donated more than $248 million to important causes, such as cancer research, education, hunger relief and programs focused on assisting people with disabilities.