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Hope Lives Raises $6,000 for Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness, Honors Griffin Caregiver

By Christian Meagher on 11/8/2022

The 19th Hope Lives event raised $6,000 for breast cancer screening services at The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital in Derby, and recognized a Griffin caregiver for her efforts in breast cancer treatment.

Hope Lives is a non-profit organization associated with Horizon of Hope, a national campaign by Longaberger Baskets to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research and local breast cancer services. Longaberger Independent Consultant Maria Ammar, of Massachusetts, has organized the luncheon fundraiser as part of the campaign, raising over $100,000 for the Center. The donation will be used to help local women pay for breast cancer screening services.

The fundraiser also recognized Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness Manager Tori Kochiss with the Hope Award. The award is given to an individual who embodies Hope Lives' mission to support individuals and families by promoting breast cancer awareness and raising funds to support facilities that focus on breast health, education, prevention, and treatment.

Kochiss is regarded as an ambitious, well-rounded leader by her fellow Griffin Health caregivers. While a new manager at the Center, she became credentialed in Breast Navigation and earned her MBA in Health Care Management. She introduced Bella Blankets, a comforting cover for mammography units, helped improve access to genetic testing and has overseen the implementation of new advanced technology at the Center.

“Tori is an incredible asset to The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness,” the nomination for Kochiss stated. “The most impressive qualities about Tori are her passion and commitment to women’s imaging. Her tireless dedication to her patients and her team is extraordinary.”