H-E-B, Baptist Hospital team up with Gift of Life to offer free mammograms

Gift of Life client; Beaumont Health Department representative Mary Alexander, R

H-E-B and Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas teamed up with the Gift of Life to provide free clinical breast exams and mammograms to more than 30 medically underserved Southeast Texas women Wednesday, July 6, on the UTMB mobile mammography van at the new Beaumont Health Department.

H-E-B Area Community Coordinator Doreen Borel, a breast cancer survivor, Beaumont Public Health Department Executive Director Sherry Ulmer, Baptist Hospitals Service Line Administrator Todd Senters, Gift of Life founder and Chair Regina Rogers, and Gift of Life Executive Director Norma Sampson all attended the site to warmly welcome clients.

Guests at the site expressed appreciation to sponsors for benevolently supporting the free services.

“The Gift of Life encourages women,” said one Gift of Life mammogram client. “So many are afraid to have a mammogram or even to go to the doctor. They are afraid to go because of discomfort and what they may discover. I was afraid, but I’m here. This program allows women who are afraid and may not have the means to pay for healthcare to have a mammogram in a safe environment. I am very thankful for this opportunity.”

A Gift of Life “Champion of the Cause” for nearly 20 years, H-E-B has been an invaluable community partner in the organization’s provision of free cancer screenings for medically underserved women and men, as well as preventive educational outreach programming throughout seven Southeast Texas counties, a Gift of Life release states.

With the company’s sponsorship of the program’s UTMB Galveston mobile mammography van, the Gift of Life is able to provide at-risk women with free clinical breast exams and mammograms, in addition to transportation, childcare and translation services for those who encounter additional barriers to care.

Since inception, the Gift of Life reports that it has helped extend the lives of more than 275 Southeast Texans who have been diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer and treated through its efforts, with the assistance of H-E-B and other generous donors.

In 2011, H-E-B increased its advocacy of Gift of Life initiatives by becoming an annual sponsor of the Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush, heightening awareness of breast, ovarian and other gynecological cancers. The sixth annual Ribbon Run, presented by the Byrd Law Firm, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, in downtown Beaumont.

For information regarding the program’s free breast and prostate cancer screenings or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, call Gift of Life at (409) 860-3369 or toll-free at (877) 720-GIFT (4438).


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