Asante Thanks Organizations Helping Raise Funds for Breast Cancer
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Asante encourages women to know their breast health and get an annual breast exam or mammogram.
Asante also thanks the many organizations who are helping to raise funds to help women get mammograms that could spot cancer and save their lives.
For example, four Sherm’s Food 4 Less locations are selling pink ribbons for $1 each during October. All proceeds go to provide free screening mammograms to women at Asante imaging centers in Jackson and Josephine counties. Last year they raised $5130.01.
Sherm's Food 4 Less is Helping to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer
“We want to teach women who are in their 50s or younger to take care of their health and get checked,” says Tammy Laird, a breast cancer survivor and checker at Food 4 Less.
Ray’s Foods in Grants Pass is again asking people to round up their total during Oct. and the Human Bean will hold its annual “Coffee for a Cure” event Oct. 19. Last year Ray’s collected over $5,000 and the Human Bean raised over $40,000.
Organizations providing fundraisers for the two assistance programs so far this year are as follows:
- Food 4 Less – asking $1 for a ribbon icon, four stores participating for the month of Oct.
- Ray’s in Grants Pass on 7th St. – Round up for the month of Oct.
- Human Bean Coffee for the Cure– all proceeds on Oct. 18 go to support free mammogram programs.
- Groove for the Cure – Medford Zumba class goal is to raise $3,000
- Cary’s of Oregon is donating $1 for each of the pink boxes of toffee they sell in Oct.
- Shop River Rock will donate $5 to the Connie Fiske Memorial Fund from the sale of each Power of Pink bracelet sold from Sep. 27 though Oct. 31. http://www.shopriverrock.com/blog/
- Del Rio Vineyards is donating $5 for every six-bottle bundle of Rose Jolee wine sold in Oct.
Financial Support for Women to Get Mammograms
For women who qualify for a voucher, Asante Imaging in Medford and Asante Women’s Imaging in Grants Pass can provide a mammogram at no charge to the patient through the Connie Fiske Memorial & Asante Rogue Regional Screening Mammogram Funds. Since the inception of these programs in 2009, 848 women in Medford and 670 in Grants Pass--1,518 total--have received free mammograms. If the mammogram reveals an anomaly, the woman is referred to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program for future funding.
- This is an assistance program for uninsured women who qualify.
- To find out if you qualify, call Asante Imaging in Medford at 541-789-6150 or Asante Women’s Imaging in Grants Pass at 541-955-5446.
- The number of vouchers is limited.
- If you would like to help, you can donate to the Connie Fiske Memorial Fund and/or the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Screening Mammogram Fund via the Asante Foundation.
What is the Connie Fiske Memorial Fund?
In October 2009, a free screening mammogram fund was established by Asante for its hospitals, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center and Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. The fund is in memory of Connie Fiske, a nurse at Asante Three Rivers, who died from breast cancer and was instrumental in the grant project. The fund is supported by grants from the Susan G. Komen Foundation and local donations from businesses and individuals.
Who Is Eligible
This fund helps women needing screening mammograms who fit the following requirements:
- Be a resident of Jackson or Josephine County
- Be uninsured and up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level
- Be 40 to 64 years old
- Be delinquent for a screening mammogram
If the screening finds an anomaly, the woman is referred to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program for future funding. Since the inception of the fund over 670 women have received funds at Asante Women’s Imaging. These women would not have received mammograms without assistance of this kind.