JOPLIN, Mo. – Women who cannot afford a mammogram will benefit from a $5,000 donation from HOPE 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation to Mercy Health Foundation Joplin. Funds donated by HOPE 4 You are used to provide mammograms and breast imaging for woman who otherwise may not be able to afford them.
Since 2009, Mercy has received $65,000 in grant funds from HOPE 4 You.
Money raised by the HOPE 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation stays local and is used primarily for breast imaging for uninsured or under insured patients.
“HOPE 4 You is the perfect partner in a fight – loyal, tenacious and powerful – and their continued support in the fight against breast cancer fuels a courageous expectation that together we’re making a difference in the lives of area women through Mercy Health Foundation’s mammogram program,” said Kim Kory, executive director of Mercy Health Foundation Joplin.
HOPE 4 You’s giving capacity is based solely on donations from individuals, organizations and fundraisers such as its annual Race 4 HOPE, which will be held June 2.
“The purpose of HOPE 4 You is to save lives through screening, early detection and to support women who are survivors. Their mission matches up very well with that of Mercy. The RACE 4 HOPE each year in June supports these programs at Mercy as well as other area hospitals,” said Whit Sanders, executive director of Mercy Joplin Cancer Services. “This donation will provide screening and diagnostic mammograms for underserved women in our area.”
Through collaboration, HOPE 4 You works with area hospitals and organizations to provide access to breast screenings and diagnostic services.
“Because HOPE 4 You's Board of Directors volunteer their time and the HOPE 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation has no paid staff, we are able to share the bulk of our resources”, said Kim Sanders, HOPE 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation vice president and board director. “We are blessed with strong partnerships at area hospitals that help ensure patients in need of breast imaging services can benefit from these funds.”
For more information about digital mammography or to schedule a mammography appointment, call Mercy Breast Center at 417-556-2273.