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All-in for a Cause raises $40,000 for the fight against breast cancer

Published on Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Bart Buxton, McLaren Oakland president and CEO

The tally is in and with 150 supporters enjoying cocktails and a strolling buffet, All-in for a Cause Casino Night raised $40,000 for breast cancer awareness and McLaren Oakland’s Sister & Sister free mammogram program on April 13 at the Carriage House in Clarkston.

Developed and facilitated by the McLaren Oakland Foundation, the Sister & Sister program provides free mammograms and other breast cancer support needs to women who might otherwise not have access to critical screenings and care.

“After talking with physicians, patients and community members, we discovered a gap in the program,” said Jennifer Thamer, executive director of the McLaren Oakland Foundation. “Women diagnosed with breast cancer were not coming back for diagnostic testing, nor were they following up with cancer treatments – all because they could not afford the copays and deductibles.”

Diana Cantu

With funds raised that evening, along with additional grants and community support, the program is able to financially assist women in their fight against breast cancer.

This was illustrated in the emotional high-point of the evening, when Diana Cantu, a McLaren Oakland employee and breast cancer patient who benefitted from the program, addressed the crowd, telling her story.

“The program has lifted a huge load off of me and my family and I owe you all a great deal of thanks,” said Diana, who is still receiving treatment, but has a positive prognosis. “There is a love and spirit here that I’ve not seen at any other hospital.”

Bart Buxton, recently appointed president and CEO for McLaren Oakland welcomed everyone and noted his gratitude for their support, saying, “Breast cancer touches many lives even beyond this room to loved ones and friends. Tonight helps us raise funds for our underserved population and allows us to provide access to state-of- the-art health care for women in our community.”

If you or a loved one cannot afford a mammogram, or need other support for breast cancer you may qualify for the McLaren Oakland Foundation’s Sister & Sister program, call (248) 338-5385.

About McLaren Oakland
McLaren Oakland is a 328-bed medical center that provides primary and specialty healthcare services to the greater Pontiac and Oakland County community. Founded in 1953, McLaren Oakland has grown to a comprehensive medical community that includes outpatient facilities in Clarkston and Oxford, as well as an inpatient hospital providing a range of clinical services including emergency and trauma care, cardiology, cancer services, minimally invasive robotic surgery and orthopedic services. With a network of more than 300 physicians, McLaren Oakland owns a network of employed physician offices throughout Oakland County and a nursing home in Lake Orion. McLaren Oakland is a verified trauma center and an accredited stroke center. To learn more, visit

About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care Corporation, headquartered in Flint, MI, is a fully integrated health network, committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering over 250,000 lives, home health care and hospice, durable medical equipment, retail pharmacy services, and a wholly-owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates the state’s largest network of cancer centers and providers anchored by Karmanos Cancer Institute - one of only two NCI-designated cancer centers in the state. McLaren has 22,000 employees and more than 37,500 individual providers in its state-wide provider network. Learn more at