Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott has received a $1,000 grant funded by the Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation based in Joplin. The grant designates the money to be used for mammograms, other breast health services or patient education. This is the third consecutive year Mercy has been awarded the grant.
The startling fact is that more than 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year in the U.S.
According to the Kaiser State Health Facts, the rate of annual breast cancer diagnosis among Kansas’ women is higher than the national average and Kansas women over age 50 report having fewer mammograms than the national norm.
“The need for expanding breast health awareness is greatly needed,” said Becky Williams, Mercy Director of Imaging Services. “This financial support allows us to educate women on the risk factors and symptoms and encourage them to take action in caring for themselves or a woman they love.”
The HOPE 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 2007 and since that time has donated over $100,000 to area hospitals and organization who provide services relating to breast cancer. HOPE is an acronym for help, outreach, prevent and educate. The purpose of the HOPE 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation is to raise awareness, provide support, offer education and instill hope for those affected by breast cancer according to an official statement provided by Kelly York, HOPE 4 You board member.
HOPE has two annual fundraising events: The Panera Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign held every October and the Race 4 Hope held every June in Joplin. This year’s race will be held on Saturday, June 8 at the Joplin Sports Complex. Anyone interested in participating in the race can register through the HOPE 4 You website at www.hope4youbcf.org.
For more information about digital mammography or to schedule a mammography appointment, call Mercy’s Imagining Services at 620-223-7015.