McDaniels Gala and Golf Classic Raises $660,520 for Lexington Medical Center Foundation

The 2019 McDaniels Automotive Group Gala and Golf Classic raised a record-breaking $660,520 for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Campaign for Clarity, a capital campaign working to provide 3-D mammography throughout the hospital’s network of care.

The event included a gala on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and a sold-out golf tournament at the Fort Jackson Golf Club.

Lexington Medical Center President & CEO Tod Augsburger; Lexington Medical Center Foundation Vice President of Community Relations and Development Barbara Willm; event co-chairs Bill McDaniels and Suzanne Pucci; and Lexington Medical Center Foundation Executive Director Amy Lanier.

“We are so proud that this event helps us make 3-D mammography a priority for all patients at Lexington Medical Center,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “This technology will have a significant impact on the health of our community.”

The total is the highest amount raised in the event’s 27-year history. Last year, it raised just over $500,000 for the Campaign for Clarity.

Also known as ‘tomosynthesis,’ 3-D mammography creates a group of three-dimensional pictures of the breast and allows doctors to view tissue one millimeter at a time, making tiny details visible earlier and easier.

Patients will find that 3-D mammography is no different from the mammogram they are accustomed to as far as compression, positioning and time. The benefit to patients is that the multiple layers of images resulting from 3-D mammography can help doctors better evaluate the breast tissue.

3-D mammography uses a low dose X-ray to create multiple images within seconds that are similar to the “slices” of images in a CT scan. The FDA-approved procedure uses the same type of equipment as a 2-D mammogram and a similar dose of radiation. Studies have shown that 3-D mammography also reduces false positives and unnecessary callbacks for patients with dense breast tissue.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation thanks everyone who helped to make the event such a tremendous success. To learn more about the Lexington Medical Center Foundation and its initiatives, visit LMCFoundation.com.

Heart & Sole 2019

More than 1,300 women raced through downtown Columbia on Saturday, April 20, 2019 for the annual Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler. The event celebrates women and the power of a healthy lifestyle. It also raises awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women.

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To learn more about Lexington Medical Center’s comprehensive cardiovascular program, visit LexMed.com/Heart.

On Your Marks, Get Set, Go! Heart & Sole Race This Saturday

On your mark, get set, go! Join us for the Lexington Medical Center Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler on Saturday, April 20 in downtown Columbia. This women-only event features a five-mile run, a five-mile walk and a three-mile-walk. In its 18th year, Heart and Sole is designed to celebrate women and the power of a healthy lifestyle, and to raise awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. With a strong commitment to a comprehensive cardiovascular program at the hospital, Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be the title sponsor.

The start line is at Arsenal Hill on Laurel Street. The opening ceremony is at 7:30 a.m; the 5-mile run and walk begin at 8:00 a.m; and the 3-mile walk starts at 8:05 a.m. The finish line is at the bottom of Finlay Park on Taylor Street. Each woman will receive a red rose and a finisher’s medal as she crosses the finish line. A post-event celebration and expo featuring Lexington Medical Center clinicians as well as WIS-TV news anchors Dawndy Mercer-Plank, Judi Gatson and other WIS-TV personalities will take place in Finlay Park until 10:30 a.m.

“We’re proud to host the Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler because it not only encourages physical activity a healthy lifestyle, it also calls attention to the issue of heart disease — the biggest health threat women face today,” said Dr. Amy Epps, cardiologist with Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Launched by the Carolina Marathon Association in 2002, the Lexington Medical Center Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler is South Carolina’s first women-only road race. It has grown from fewer than 400 female participants in its first year to more than 1,300 today. The race offers women of all athletic abilities the opportunity to participate in a comforting, supportive environment. Elite athletes, as well as first-timers, enjoy the unique event.

Women who have participated in Heart and Sole in previous years will recognize changes in the course over the past two years. The growth of Columbia’s Soda City Market on Main Street has made the downtown area on Saturday mornings busier than ever before. As a result, the course now goes down Marion Street, incorporate historic sections of the city and eliminates the Gervais Street hill. These changes have created a flatter, faster course.

For more information, including a course map, packet pick-up, race day and awards information, and to register, visit HeartAndSolerun.com or HeartAndSoleWalk.com.

We hope to see you at the start line!