Texarkana prepares for GREAT Duck Race!

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This year’s great duck race is raising money to expand mammography services at Christus St. Michael Hospital.

The facility performs more than eight hundred mammograms a month.  Director of Imaging Services, Lisa Patterson, said, “We always have stayed up with the latest technology because we know how important it is, and we want to be able to offer that.”

The hospital already has two 3D mammogram machines.  Organizers said proceeds from this year’s duck race will allow it to upgrade its third machine and go high definition.  Experts add that 3D mammography is now covered by most insurance carriers because it allows for a better view of the breast.  “The tissue may sometimes overlap or mask things, it gives us a clear definition of anything that we see that is not normal breast tissue,” Patterson said.

Another incentive for people to participate in the duck race is the list of prizes, which includes a new car on display at the hospital.  Friends of the Foundation organized the annual event.  They’ve raised about $1.6 million dollars over the years.  They encourage people to adopt a duck.  Foundation Development Coordinator Cristy Lummus said, “Every duck counts and even if it’s only five dollars, five dollars can help us get to our goal and we really appreciate any help.”

The race is set for Saturday, August 18th at Holiday Springs Water Park.  For a complete list of prizes and to buy a duck, visit  https://www.christusstmichaelfoundation.org/?nd=duck_race&und=66.

Ducks can also be purchased at Christus St. Michael Hospital.

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