Erin’s Story

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You helped save Erin's life, now she helps save others

A mobile mammography service found Erin Gratsch’s cancer early. Now she connects other women to the lifesaving technology you provide.

Erin was in the best shape of her life. At 45, she’d just finished the Boston Marathon and was busy taking care of her family and going about her daily routine.

“I wasn’t thinking about my own health,” she said. “I knocked on the mobile mammography unit’s door one day while I was doing my shopping and did the screening that literally saved my life.”

Because a screening at a mobile mammography unit found Erin’s cancer early, she said she is “living proof” of its benefits.


“I didn’t have any signs or symptoms and I couldn’t feel my lump. Mammograms catch cancer three years before you can even feel a lump. These screenings are lifesaving.”


Now, Erin helps connect other women to Mercy Health’s Mobile Mammography service that you provide with your generous donation.

“Catching cancer early is critical and making screenings convenient is important because otherwise women may not have it done,” she said.

Because of you, Erin can help women find their nearest mobile mammography unit, making it easy and convenient to get the important screening. Occasionally, Erin helps out in the mobile unit, and she hears first-hand from women just like herself that may put off looking after their own health. She knows your gift can literally be saving the lives of those women.

“You’re making a difference in the quality of what someone’s life may be if they are diagnosed. These screenings are lifesaving,” she said. You are truly making a difference. You are actually making this happen."

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Erin thanks the donors who make it easier for women to access care

Listen to Erin talk through how 15 minutes at the mobile mammography unit ended up saving her life when she was diagnosed with an early stage of a rare breast cancer.