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Published on February 21, 2014

Love Light Trees Raises More than $57,000 for New Cancer Equipment

More than $57,000 was raised during the 2013 Love Light Trees campaign for MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. Contributions will help purchase a new piece of technology to aid in oncology surgery. The Gamma Finder® Gamma Probe helps surgeons locate sentinel lymph nodes with better accuracy. Identifying cancer in a lymph node helps establish the pathologic stage of the cancer, which is a key factor in the next phase of treatment options such as chemotherapy and/or radiation.

“This is the latest technology in surgical oncology,” said Breast Health Program Medical Director and Breast Surgeon, Kelly Wirsing, M.D. “The fact that this Sentinel Node Probe can eliminate the need to remove all the axillary lymph nodes in a patient with cancer, should no cancerous cells be found in the sentinel nodes, is a breakthrough. We want to be as accurate as possible in removing lymph nodes because removing more than necessary can lead to increased risk of lymphedema, reduced range of motion and pain. The Sentinel Node Probe enhances this accuracy.”

Maureen Donker and Kevin Prior served as co-chairs of the 32nd annual Love Light Trees campaign.

Gifts can be made year-round to the Love Light Trees project. Donations are welcomed to remember a loved one or honor friends. Contributions can also be used to commemorate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary. 

Those interested may donate online by visiting www.midmichigan.org/lovelighttrees or call the Medical Center’s Fund Development Department at (989) 839-3342.