Through their business, Illiana Heating & Air Conditioning, owners Tom and Sue Krygsheld have been able to bring comfort to the homes of area residents for more than 29 years. As a way to give back to the community and pay it forward, the couple holds an annual fundraiser during the month of October – Breast Cancer Awareness month. A portion of the proceeds from the business’ service calls has been set aside to help women benefit from early detection of breast cancer.
On behalf of their fundraising efforts, St. John’s Illiana Heating and Air Conditioning general manager Kevin Frump and installation manager Dan Krygsheld have presented a $1,770 check to Mary Nicholson, MD, medical director of the Women’s Diagnostic Center in Munster. The funding is earmarked for patients who need diagnostic imaging.
“This generous donation will help supplement funding that we have received from physicians and the medical staff for diagnostic mammograms,” said Nicholson. “Early detected breast cancers can be treated successfully and this funding will enable us to serve many more with the care they need. We strive to ease our patients’ minds, alleviate their stress and fear, and replace it with confidence in care that’s close to home,” she said.
Each October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Krygshelds and their business, Illiana Heating and Air Conditioning, hold a fundraiser to help ensure area women are able to access quality care. Proceeds from installs and service calls during the month go to an account set up through Community Hospital to help local women receive diagnostic imaging at the Women’s Diagnostic Center.
Breast cancer is a disease that can be diagnosed early through routine mammography. The Women’s Diagnostic Center of Community Hospital offers digital mammography with same day results. With technological advances and coordination between area physicians, women can generally begin treatment for breast cancer within 10 days of diagnosis.
Since 2011, the Krygshelds have provided donations to the Women’s Diagnostic Center as a result of their October fundraiser. Diagnostic imaging has been made available to women with that funding and more than one has turned out to be positive for breast cancer – providing care where there wouldn’t have been an opportunity otherwise.
For more information about Illiana Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., call 219-365-0006 or visit www.illianaheating.net. Learn more about the Women’s Diagnostic Center and advances in women’s care at www.comhs.org.