Texas 4000 has donated $10,000 to Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital’s cold cap therapy program. Texas 4000 is a not-for-profit organization comprised of University of Texas at Austin students who raise funding to combat cancer. Cold cap therapy is a scalp-cooling technique that lessens hair loss during chemotherapy.
Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital was first in the Paducah region to offer cold cap therapy and is the only organization in the region to offer the therapy free to oncology patients. “We want to thank Texas 4000 for their support of our cold cap therapy program,” said Mercy Health Foundation Lourdes President Jessica Toren. “It’s through the generosity of organizations like Texas 4000 and grants and donations to the Mercy Health Foundation Lourdes that we are able to offer this important service to our oncology patients at no cost to them.”
Texas 4000’s mission is to cultivate student leaders and engage communities in the fight against cancer. This is accomplished through leadership development, grantmaking, and Texas 4000’s cornerstone event, a bike ride from Texas to Alaska. Each year a new group of 60 to 100 University of Texas at Austin students make a 70-day, 4,687 mile bike trek from the Texas campus in Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska. Each rider meets training and community service expectations as well as a fundraising goal that goes toward Texas 4000's mission. To date, Texas 4000 has raised more than $5 million for distribution to various cancer-related organizations.
Scalp cooling is a simple treatment that can prevent hair loss caused by certain chemotherapy drugs. The therapy incorporates a helmet-like cap, which circulates cold liquid to cool the scalp. The headgear is worn before, during and after each chemotherapy session. The use of scalp cooling has been proven to be effective in preventing chemotherapy-induced hair loss and can result in women retaining much of their hair.
For additional information on cold cap therapy at Lourdes, call (270) 331-2973. For more information concerning Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital visit mercy.com.
About Mercy Health – Paducah
Mercy Health – Paducah is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the 20 largest health systems in the United States and the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country. The ministry’s quality, compassionate care is provided by more than 60,000 associates serving communities in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as throughout Ireland. Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital is a 359 licensed-bed facility accredited by The Joint Commission and was named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission. Lourdes is home to the region’s largest multi-specialty physician network, Mercy Medical Associates, which consists of more than 100 providers serving in over 30 locations throughout western Kentucky. Consistent with its commitment to serve each patient with dignity, Bon Secours Mercy Health provides nearly $2 million per day in community benefit. The mission of Mercy Health – Paducah is to extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of our communities and bring good help to those in need, especially people who are poor, dying and underserved. For more information, visit mercy.com.
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