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Donation Helps Improve Early Detection of Breast Cancer

:: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 :: Posted By Mary Beth Garrison

A few years ago, a U.S. Borax team member at our Boron operations was diagnosed with breast cancer. The Boron ops team shared her journey of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. But more than walking alongside our colleague, her journey raised awareness of this all-too-common health threat impacting families in all corners of the globe.

Early diagnosis is vital and was key to the employee's positive outcome. Today, she is a breast cancer survivor.

In continuing support, our team participates in the annual breast cancer awareness month during October. Bright pink ribbons, hard hats, shoelaces, posters, and magnets on haul trucks can be seen throughout the site.

To strengthen our commitment, we pledged $10,000 in support of a $170,000 upgrade of the only mammography equipment in eastern Kern County. Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley currently offers residents a 2-D mammogram option. The upgrade to 3-D mammography technology will vastly improve early detection for thousands of women in our region.

This week, the Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley Foundation received our check in the amount of $10,000 to be used for the upgrade. As one of several businesses and individuals contributing to the foundation, we are proud to help make this vision a reality. The new equipment is scheduled for placement in March of this year.

Presenting the donation check to Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley Foundation
Boron Operations CSP Manager Mary Beth Garrison presenting the donation to Edward Martin, Administrative Director of Operations, for Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley


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