Ness family donates to Veterans Memorial Hospital

Ness Pumping and Porta Potty Rentals hosted its seventh annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Oct. 21, in Waukon. Pictured front row (l-r): Liam and Clayton Ness. Back row: Carter and Rachel Ness, Leslie Ness, Evan Ness, Chad and Diana Ness, Carmen McCormick, Kayla and Colin Ness, Waylon Ness and Pat Ryan. (submitted)

Ness Pumping and Porta Potty Rentals hosted its seventh annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in Waukon City Park, on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and detection. Breast cancer survivors were asked to sign a pink porta potty sporting the breast cancer ribbon. 

The family awarded the proceeds raised from that walk to Veterans Memorial Hospital to be used toward the new state-of-the-art 3D mammography machine installed at the hospital in October 2022. The $3,310 donation helps VMH finance the 3D mammography machine, which is clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

“We wanted to have the walk to raise awareness and money that can be used locally for those with breast cancer,” said a Ness family member. “We always attended the walks in La Crosse and decided we wanted to help more locally. We are so thankful for the help and support we received from our local businesses and community. Although it is sad to see new names on the porta potty each year, we enjoy seeing our community come together to support and honor the survivors. We also added a spot on the porta-potty for members of the community to write the names of those we have lost to breast cancer. We had an amazing turnout this year! After watching mom [Barb Ness] and several other family and friends go through it, we knew this was a way that we can help.”

To schedule a 3D mammography exam, or for questions about this important breast health procedure, contact the Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiology Department at 563-568-3411.

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