Portage Area Student Council Donates $1,200 to JMBCC

On November 17, the Portage Area Junior/Senior High School Student Council presented a $1,200 check to the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center. Throughout October, the Student Council organized a variety of fundraisers, including selling Pink Out t-shirts, holding a dress-down day where faculty and staff made donations to dress casually and wear their Pink Out t-shirts, collecting donations while distributing pink ribbons at a football game, and co-sponsoring a Halloween Spirit Day with the school’s Journalism Department.

Their generous support helps fund Pink Ribbon Care, a program that provides assistance for patients who are unable to pay for breast-related health services – including mammograms, follow-up diagnostic services, and genetic counseling.

Pictured, left to right: Student Council Treasurer Lauren Hudak, Student Council Secretary Bella Nagy, Principal Ralph Cecere, Student Council Vice President Austin Vara, and Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber Foundations/Development Administrator Kim Oleksa. Not present in photo, Student Council President Kourtney Gates, and Student Council Advisor Sara Gdula.

About Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center
The Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center (JMBCC) opened in February 2002 offering comprehensive and personalized breast care in one convenient location. The JMBCC is exists to prevent and treat diseases of the breast and other conditions that can impact the lives of the women served. The tools and techniques used include digital mammography, ultrasound, breast biopsies, breast MRI, bone densitometry, genetic counseling, research studies, and a female breast surgeon on-site.

About Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber
Founded in 1906, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber (CSSMCW) is an independent, non-profit acute care hospital in northern Somerset County, bordering Cambria County. The 54-bed hospital shares a campus and collaborates with Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW), a private, non-profit biomedical research center. With more than 450 employees, CSSMCW is the fourth largest employer in Somerset County. CSSMCW’s mission is to provide excellence in personalized, quality health care services through innovation, research and education in response to community needs. For more information visit