Reaching out to women
With help from the Foundation, the Woman's Center was able to receive a $25,000 grant from National Breast Cancer Foundation funded in part by National City Card Services. "The funds will pay for screening and diagnostic mammograms for hundreds of women who otherwise could not afford the life-saving tests," said Kristi McCauley, Woman's Center coordinator.
"The economy is keeping people from getting the essential health screenings they need, but nobody should go without a mammogram just because they think they can't afford it," she said. "We have many avenues to help them, in part because of the Foundation. Screenings are a lot less expensive than cancer treatments, and if caught early, breast cancer is more than 90 percent curable."
The Foundation also helped the Woman's Center by paying for a mobile bone density screening unit. "We can take that to health fairs and screenings and tell women their risk for bone fractures and osteoporosis," McCauley said. "Some people would never have the screening if it weren't for that mobile unit. With it, we are helping women be proactive in taking care of their health."