Wells Lady Warriors Varsity Basketball team present 2019 Shootin’ For A Cure proceeds to York Hospital. From left are York Hospital breast radiologist, Rebecca Hultman, Mammography Techs Kathy Bry and Lisa Plourde, The Wells High team, York Hospital President Jud Knox, Trustee John Houlihan, and Oncology Practice Manager Mary Ellen Valhos. SUBMITTED PHOTO

WELLS — In recognition of the unrivaled efforts of Wells Girls’ Basketball Program, York Hospital will dedicate the renovated Wells Breast Care Center, 112 Sanford Road, Building B, second floor, in Wells in their honor at 2 p.m. on Sept. 12.

Over the past 10 years, these girls have raised $270,790 for the Hospital’s Breast Cancer and Living Well With Cancer Funds, supporting services such as emergency gas and food cards, nutritional and exercise programs, wigs, head covers and prosthetics, integrative therapies like massage, Reiki and acupuncture and others that center on the mind, body and well-being of patients.

The Wells Breast Care Center, opened in 2010, has always been a destination for digital mammography and ultrasound services, supporting the women in the hospital’s northern service area.  Post-renovation, the Wells Center now offers complete breast diagnostic care, from screening and diagnostic mammograms to breast ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy and Breast MRI. And, like its sister center on The York Hospital Campus, will have a fellowship-trained breast radiologist on site, offering immediate results to our patients.

Guest speaker at the ceremony will be Lani (Boardman) Silversides. She lives in York and understands the important role that sports, and basketball in particular, can have in girls’ lives.

Silversides’ reputation precedes her, as second all-time leading basketball scorer (male or female) with several York High School records, and the Maine Female Athlete of 2001. She followed those achievements as a 2005 graduate and 4 year basketball player at The University of Vermont, one of seven players in their history to score over 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and hand out 200 assists.

In 2013, Silversides topped off honors on the America East All-Championship squad with induction into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. A Certified Sports Psychology Coach, with a master of science degree in teaching (MST) from the University of New Hampshire, Silversides currently teaches and coaches at Phillips Academy Andover, in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.


Outside of school, she started her own business, Mindful Performance, LLC, and works to create resources and programming for young girls, to empower and inspire them to play sports and be physically active.

After self-publishing a baby book My Strong is Beautiful in 2015, she is the author of A Strong Girls’ Guide to Beingcoming this fall In 2018, after a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer, Silverisdes made it her mission to help others—through her own journey—writing the daily column, “The Bright Side.”

The public is invited to the dedication event and to celebrate this notable occasion, festive raffle prizes, along with a delectable assortment of appetizers, desserts and refreshments, served by York Hospital’s Dining & Nutrition team, will be offered.

For more information or questions, please contact The Friendraising Team, [email protected] or call 351-2385.


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