El Camino Hospital Foundation received $30,000 from the Santa Clara Sporting Club n March designated for the provision of free mammograms to women who need financial assistance. This is the club’s sixth gift since 2009, bringing their total donation to $155,000.
The Club initiated "Goals-for-a-Cure" in 2009 to raise awareness and money
to fight breast cancer through early detection. Every October, the soccer teams (about 500 teenagers) compete in pink jerseys. They solicit flat donations and hold a "goal-a-thon" that earns dollars for each goal scored. The fundraiser was the brainchild of brothers Keven Azevedo, who coached two teams at the time, and Jason Azevedo, who was the club’s tournament director. Several soccer players had lost mothers to breast cancer and another active parent was a survivor.
On April 9, the El Camino Hospital Board of Directors honored Santa Clara Sporting Club and Goals for a Cure with a special recognition of service to the community.
The Foundation also received a generous donation from women of Los Altos Golf and Country Club’s 18 Hole Club for the same purpose, the fourth year in a row El Camino Hospital’s free mammogram program was the recipient of their largesse.
With the help of philanthropy, El Camino Hospital has provided more than 600 free mammograms to underserved women over the past five years and the Breast Health Center is now able to perform additional diagnostic screenings such as ultrasound, MRI, and biopsy exams for the women who require follow-up after their initial visit.