Barnesville Hospital breast health fund accepts gift from F.I.R.E.

BARNESVILLE — The Flame Inside Requires Effort organization donated $500 to the Barnesville Hospital Breast Health Fund.

This funds assists area women who are uninsured or under-insured and have been diagnosed with breast cancer at Barnesville Hospital. The money can be used for medical care, transportation or other expenses resulting from the cancer diagnosis.

F.I.R.E. is a local nonprofit organization designed to help people find their passion in life. Through this journey, F.I.R.E. members’ goal is to make a positive impact, create awareness and raise funds for various charities and foundations.

“It is gratifying to be part of a community where area residents look for ways to give back,” said David Phillips, CEO, Barnesville Hospital. “Anthony Rocchio and Bernie Thompson are doing just that. They were instrumental in establishing F.I.R.E and are now making a positive impact on our community.”

Through the sale of T-shirts, Rocchio and Thompson were able to raise funds to make life easier for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Rocchio said he had several relatives in his life who had been impacted by breast cancer, and he was eager to help others who were also confronted with breast cancer.

“We are extremely grateful for this gift,” Karen Mihalic, Picture Archiving and Communications System administrator for Barnesville Hospital, said. “When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer it can be an overwhelming experience. Funds from the Breast Health Fund can make a woman’s journey just a little bit easier.”

Additional information regarding F.I.R.E. can be found at

For information on how to apply for the Barnesville Hospital Foundation Breast Health Funds, call Mihalic at 740-425-5114.