Just because October is coming to an end doesn’t mean breast cancer awareness should. The ECMC Lifeline Foundation’s Mobile Mammography Unit, made possible by the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Foundation and First Niagara, is on the road five to six days a week, twelve months a year. Winging It! Buffalo Style‘s Lauren Hall stopped by the big pink bus during a recent visit to Neighborhood Health Center Mattina on Buffalo’s West Side, to speak with program coordinator Kathleen Michienzi and the technicians about the big pink bus and its success so far. As a breast cancer survivor herself, the mission is a personal one for her.
“I think we’ve come leaps and bounds ahead in the last ten years,” Michienzi said. “Not only with the medical advancements, but with making people aware. It’s amazing. It’s something that people didn’t really used to talk about, and now it’s everywhere. Men, women, children. Supporting their moms, and aunts, and grandmothers. I think we’ve come a long way.”
The coach is equipped with two fully functioning, state of the art mammography screening rooms. It’s only been in operation a couple of years, but it’s already screened more than two thousand Western New York women, many of whom would not otherwise have access to get a mammogram. On this bus, every month is breast cancer awareness month. Even their driver gets decked out in pink gear to support the cause. Check out the coach’s schedule here: