Reach Out For Life reaching out to community to provide free mammograms
By LYNDON GERMAN
Jul 24, 2017, 08:09
On July 10, Reach Out for Life launched a Summer Giving Campaign with a goal of $40,000 to provide support to women in need. The funds will be used to build awareness of the need for regular mammograms for early detection of breast cancer and where free exams can be conducted for the underserved population.
Reach Out for Life provides free mammograms for more than 300 women each year in 15 counties and five cities in Central Virginia.
Reach Out for Life provides information and access to medical procedures in the community. As a nonprofit, it raises funds to serve everyone. The Summer Giving Campaign will use online and broadcast media to continue to help an increasing number in the underserved community.
Currently they have partnerships with various organizations. Clinic and health department partners qualify women financially before providing them with vouchers for Program services. These medical home bases schedule breast-imaging procedures that are provided through partnering imaging centers.
As their services continue to grow the need for funding has also increase. The organizations Executive Director Norah Lind explained how Reach Out for Life has expanded its coverage area to the people and areas that need it the most. The Tri-Cities is one of those areas.
“We focus on supporting areas with an equal amount of fundraising,” Lind claimed. “We started building awareness in Richmond, but found that the Tri-Cities has a high portion of people who may be at risk.”
That includes a percentage of low-income and uninsured residents in the Tri-Cities who can’t necessarily afford mammograms or early detection services. The Tri-Cities also has a number of partners that providing Reach Out for Life with funding.
“The John Randolph Foundation and John Randolph Medical center have both funded our programs. They’ve been so wonderful to us.”
Reach Out needs the help of community calling residents action. They’re asking friends to help spread the word about the need for health equity in a state with 874,000 uninsured residents. Providing early breast cancer detection is a service worth supporting.
Free Mammogram Participating Clinics
In The Tri-cities Area include:
Appomattox Health and Wellness Center (804) 733-5591
Hopewell-Prince George Community Health (804) 452-5800
Pathways Free Specialty Clinic (804) 862-1104, ext. 310
Petersburg Health Care Alliance (804) 957-9601, ext. 224
For more information on Reach Out for Life, how to contribute or even to schedule a mammogram, visit www.reachoutva.org.