Gift of Life

Vickie Seymour, Gift of Life office manager; Charlotte Mains, Gift of Life event

Endorsing the Gift of Life’s mission to save lives, owners of Tri-Con Inc. (dba Exxpress Mart) Imad and Elias Sarkis implemented a holiday giving campaign at their 20 regional convenience stores, generating $22,500 —almost double last year’s campaign to further the Gift of Life’s healthcare and educational programs.

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photo by Brandon Gouthier

More than 175 city and county officials, healthcare professionals, first-responders, leaders in education and sports, as well as the media and other cross sections of the community turned out Friday, March 13, for the launch of the Tobacco Control Coalition of Southeast Texas’ regional tobacco-free awareness initiatives at the Beaumont Civic Center.

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Downtown Beaumont is shutting down traffic to show its colors Saturday, Oct. 11 – more specifically, pink and teal to symbolize support for survivors of breast and ovarian cancer, and to celebrate the lives of those who have been taken by the diseases.

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The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 15,000 Texas women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and nearly 6,000 women will lose their lives to this devastating disease. According to the National Cancer Institute, one in six women has a lifetime probability of developing pre-cancerous cells in the breast, and one in eight has a lifetime likelihood of developing invasive breast cancer (in which cancer impacts healthy cells).

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Commissioners proclaimed June “Men’s Health Month” in a Monday, June 2, meeting of the Orange County Commissioners Court.

Representatives from Gift of Life visited the court to promote their prostate cancer initiative, which raises awareness and offers free prostrate cancer screenings among other health screenings to eligible men in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange.

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Champagne & Ribs, Gift of Life’s popular annual event, is goin’ Cajun for a cause in 2014, and plans to put a whuppin’ on prostate cancer while having a heck of a time doin’ it!

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photo by Kevin King

Jefferson County Commissioners issued a proclamation naming Monday, March 17, Kicks Butts Day in Jefferson County to raise awareness and acknowledge activism by local youth to stand up and speak out against tobacco use.

Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Kick Butts Day is an annual, nationwide celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco. During the week, youth will encourage their peers to stay tobacco-free and educate their communities about the tobacco industry’s harmful marketing practices.

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Exxpress Mart local convenience stores successfully raised approximately $12,500 during a Holiday Reindeer campaign to benefit the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program, but the Exxpress Mart team did not stop there.

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Through the generous support of Linda and Joe Penland, 43 medically underserved women received “Gift of Life” clinical breast exams at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Kountze on Nov. 28, with mammograms scheduled at the church in early December.

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