Annual Horizon of Hope event a success


Maria Ammar, third from right, presents Dr. Denise Barajas, Medical Director for the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, with a $5,000 donation. Celebrating the donation are, from left, Pam Palmer, BIA, Sandra Calamita, RTM, Donna Hayes, LSCW, and Barbara Zealor, BIA.

The 11th Annual Horizon of Hope event raised $5,000 for breast cancer screening services at The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital in Derby.

Horizon of Hope is a national campaign by Longaberger Baskets to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research, and local breast cancer services.

For the past 11 years, Longaberger Independent Consultant Maria Ammar, of Woodbridge, has organized a luncheon fundraiser as part of the campaign. The donation will be used to help local women pay for breast cancer screening services and to purchase a lymphedema sleeve for a woman in need.

Next year’s Horizon of Hope event is already scheduled for Sept. 11.

About the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital

The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital opened in 2011 and primarily serves the Lower Naugatuck Valley and surrounding communities. It combines state-of-the-art technology, a team of highly trained physicians and staff, and a Planetree healing environment to offer patients a comprehensive range of personalized breast care and wellness services.  The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness features two new, state-of-the-art digital mammography suites with 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) capability, a breast ultrasound suite, and the most advanced system available to perform stereotactic biopsy.  The Center also utilizes a rapid diagnostic model where patients are often given test results the same day imaging tests are performed, and if indicated, follow up testing (ultrasound, breast biopsy) and even consultation with a breast surgeon are often available the same day if the patient’s schedule permits. For more information, call 203-732-1300 or visit

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