Launched in Recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Operation: Ma’am-ogram Pairs Women Seeking Low Cost Mammograms with Members of the Community and Local Businesses Willing to Cover the Cost of the Procedure
Hernando County, Fl, October 20, 2018 – Each October, our focus turns to a disease that statistics show will unfortunately affect one in eight women and will take approximately over 40,000 lives this year. While much of the attention converges on statistical information and risk factor awareness, the Dawn V. Gregory Foundation, an organization dedicated to the financial empowerment of women through education, resources and activism, is acutely cognizant that a key element to awareness is screening. Research shows that Mammograms have reduced breast cancer mortality rates in the U.S. by roughly 40% since 1990, which is why the DVGF is concentrating on putting all their resources in assisting women to get a mammogram at no cost.
West Hernando Diagnostics, one of the region’s premier diagnostic and imaging centers located in Spring Hill, Florida, recognized the importance of women having access to mammograms. They have decided to offer 3-D mammograms for $100.00 and 2-D mammograms for $60.00 throughout the month of October, for women who are currently uninsured. The Dawn V. Gregory Foundation have partnered with West Hernando Diagnostics to extend this offer throughout the month of November. As a result, more women will have an opportunity to take advantage of low-cost screening. In addition, the DVGF is collaborating with members of the community and local businesses to raise funds with the hopes of offsetting the cost of the mammogram 100 percent.
“The team at West Hernando Diagnostics are doing all they can to offer low cost screening and were so generous to make this offer, but we wanted to see if together we could do more. What we have come to understand is that generally if a woman is uninsured, she may also be experiencing a financial hardship and unable to afford even that 60 or 100 dollars. In some instances, she has to decide whether to pay the light bill or get a mammogram. We wanted to partner with not only WHD, but the local community to help cover costs,” explained Maya Callum, Media Liaison for the Dawn V. Gregory Foundation. “Far too often women miss the opportunity to catch early stages of breast cancer, a time that statics show is critical in relation to outcome, simply because they do not have access to cost effective screening. We would like to do all we can to help change that.”
The goal of the organization is not only to have a significant increase in the numbers of women, men, providers and community members who participate, but to have diagnostic providers who can offer low-cost mammograms throughout the entire course of the year. Until then, this set to become an annual undertaking and donations by the general public is what will really help to make this happen.
If you would like to contribute to Operation Ma’am-ogram, please visit www.dawnvgregoryfoundation.org/initiatives.
If you would like to sign up to be a provider, please send an email to: DawnVGregoryFoundation@gmail.com
About Dawn V. Gregory Foundation
The Dawn V. Gregory Foundation for Women is a female-centric community service organization committed to the empowerment of women through education, resources, and advocacy. We engage women with information and dynamic peer support community to help them make the best decisions for their lives. For more information about Dawn V. Gregory Foundation, please visit www.dawnvgregoryfoundation.org/
About Operation: Ma’am-gram
Operation Ma’am-ogram is a regional grassroots initiative formulated to help women acquire 2-D and 3-D mammograms at no cost. The initiative endeavors to provide this service not only during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but throughout the entire year. Its purpose is to also educate women on what they need to know about early detection and screening options as well raising funds that will allow Dawn V. Gregory Foundation to provide information and support to women who are struggling to acquire screening.