MT. PLEASANT – In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Henry County Health Center Foundation and Pep Stop gas station partnered to raise funds to support the Foundation’s Mammography Program. HCHC associates and Foundation members pumped gas and washed windows at the Pep Stop in Mt. Pleasant during “Pump It Up” day. Ten cents of every gallon of gas pumped was donated to the HCHC Foundation to support the Mammography Fund. In addition, individual donations to the mammogram program were accepted by Pep Stop throughout the month of October.
During the event, $3,275 plus a separate, individual contribution of $1,000 was raised for a grand total of $4,275. Foundation Director Michelle Rosell commented, “The Foundation would like to express our appreciation to Pep Stop for leading this fundraising effort. We are also grateful for all of the area residents who came to Pep Stop to fill up their vehicles and to those who made monetary donations. The money raised will provide financial assistance to help women pay for cancer screenings who may not be able to afford those screenings otherwise.”
The HCHC Foundation Mammography Fund was created in 2008 to help supplement Henry County Public Health Department’s Care for Yourself program. Care for Yourself provides eligible women access to free mammograms and cancer screening services. To help encourage women to get regular mammograms and reduce the fear associated with how to pay for such testing, HCHC Foundation worked with Public Health to set up this funding source for qualifying women. To learn more about the program, call Cindy Litchfield in Public Health at 385-6724 or Michelle Rosell of HCHC Foundation at 385-6541.