News Release

September 19, 2012

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Women’s Health Breakfast Benefits Free Mammogram Program

Inaugural Event October 18 Presents Leading Physicians from UConn Health Center

FARMINGTON, CONN. – A health program this fall will raise money to provide mammograms for local women who are uninsured or underinsured.

The University of Connecticut Foundation will hold its inaugural Women’s Health Breakfast to benefit the Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Center for Women’s Health at the UConn Health Center Thursday, October 18, at 8 a.m. at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford’s Elizabeth Park.

The Women’s Health Breakfast is presented by the Petit Family Foundation and leadership sponsor BD Medical – Medical Surgical Systems.

This special event is open to the public and will bring together leading experts to share the latest news about women’s health. This year’s event will focus on breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, and the latest advances in ovarian cancer treatment and prevention.

Proceeds will benefit the free mammography program for underserved women at the UConn Health Center. Tickets cost $25 to attend breakfast; $100 to attend and partially underwrite one free mammogram; and $250 to attend breakfast and fully underwrite one free mammogram.

Dr. Peter J. Deckers, professor of surgery and dean emeritus of the UConn School of Medicine, will host. Guest speakers will include eminent physicians Dr. Alex Merkulov, assistant professor of radiology and section head for women’s imaging; and Dr. Molly A. Brewer, professor and director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, a nationally recognized oncologist specializing in personalized care for ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers and a leader in ovarian cancer prevention research.

Register online at or contact Ellie Conrad Claffey at 860-679-4569.

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