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Wood County Health District fundraising for breast cancer

BOWLING GREEN —  Wood County Health Commissioner Ben Batey is one of ten Northwestern Ohio participants who will raise money for breast cancer research during October’s “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign.


In addition to wearing pink each day of the month, Batey, whose goal is to raise $2,500 for the American Cancer Society, has also pledged to walk one mile across Wood County for every $100 contributed to the campaign. To donate, visit


Batey came up with the idea to walk so that he would have some skin in the game alongside those who choose to donate. Wood County Health District is raising money by selling T-shirts and holding benefit nights at local restaurants during October.


Breast cancer research is a meaningful cause for Batey, whose best friend’s mother is a survivor. His wife is an oncology nurse at University of Toledo Medical Center.


Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center, located within the Wood County Health District, is a great resource for women seeking preventative health screenings. Nurse Practitioner Katie Barricklow is accepting new patients for all kinds of women’s health issues. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP). Social Worker Rhonda Stoner is available to help anyone make the connections necessary to get the health screenings they need. Please visit or call 419-354-9049 for more information or to make an appointment.


Donna Foster, registrar at the health district, was diagnosed with breast cancer about 10 years ago, when she was a small business owner with no health insurance. Her doctor found a lump in her breast during her yearly check-up. BCCP was able to help with mammogram expenses.


During Donna’s treatment, the American Cancer Society helped with her travel expenses to and from the hospital. Donna was able to beat the cancer, and she hopes that sharing her story will encourage women who think they can’t afford it to have preventative tests done.


Please help us reach our goal and spread the message about preventative care. Any donation to the American Cancer Society will help, and any referral to the health center could save a life.


The mission of Wood County Health District is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health and Wellness Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit

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