Illiana Heating & Air Conditioning owners Tom and Sue Krygsheld believe in taking care of their own and paying it forward along the way. During the month of October, the Krygshelds held their annual fundraiser to honor employee Shelley DeYoung, a breast cancer survivor. A portion of the proceeds from the business’ service calls were set aside to help other women benefit from early detection of breast cancer.
Eight years after treatment, St. John resident DeYoung credits her recovery, in part, on her healthcare team at Community Hospital, the Women’s Diagnostic Center, and support from her employers – Illiana Heating and Air Conditioning. 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 $4,395 check to Mary Nicholson, MD, medical director of the women’s center in Munster. The funding is earmarked for patients who don’t have insurance and need diagnostic imaging.
“This generous donation will help supplement a grant we have received from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust that covers approximately 50 screening 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.
To ensure other area women will be able to access the same quality care as their customer service representative De Young, Tom, and his wife Sue Krygsheld of Illiana Heating and Air Conditioning, hold a fundraiser during October – Breast Cancer Awareness month. Proceeds from installs and service calls during the month go to an account set up through Community Hospital to help other local women – those without insurance and who otherwise couldn’t afford them - 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 advances such as same-day results 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.