$5,000 Donated to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program in West Virginia | News, Sports, Jobs
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TRIADELPHIA – The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program received another $5,000 donation from the Neighborhood Ford store during a check presentation held Wednesday at the dealership Jim Robinson Ford at The Highlands.
Mike DeArdio, director of sales and leasing at Jim Robinson, presented the oversized check to Zack Jarrett, program director of the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. Also in attendance was Nancy Lewis, spokesperson for the Neighborhood Ford Store.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when women are encouraged to “think pink” and remember to get checked out and screened for the disease.
Jarrett said the donation would help the program help income-eligible women receive breast and cervical cancer screenings. If further tests or treatments are needed, the program also helps women pay for this.
“For BCCSP, this donation is huge because the money goes directly back to serve women in West Virginia for their diagnostic or treatment needs,” Jarrett said.
The money will go to the West Virginia Diagnostics and Treatment Fund, which is funded by grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“If you need a mammogram or cervical cancer screening and have delayed getting it done due to financial issues, lack of insurance, or issues with your copay or your deductible, please see our program,” he said.
The program can be contacted at 800-642-8522. For more information, visit www.wvdhhr.org/bccsp. Although the program only covers testing for women, Jarrett said men or transgender people who need information or help finding other services can still call the program. For example, West Virginia has the James “Tiger” Morton Catastrophic Illness Commission, which can provide funds to people with life-threatening illnesses who have exhausted all other resources.
Lewis said breast cancer awareness is the philanthropy of Ford Motor Co. and Ford dealerships.
“Dealers see customers all the time. It is very important that dealers can support their customers. So when the neighborhood Ford store can make a donation like this to support screening, it means women are getting the care they need. And that’s very important,” Lewis said. “Our dealers truly believe in helping people directly. We see this all the time with our programs.
Lewis said many people have postponed cancer screenings and exams due to concerns over COVID-19 and related issues such as declining finances.
“We know that the first thing that is paid is the rent for the house. The second thing that gets paid is usually for the car, and then there’s the food and everything else and what the kids need. And by the time you’re done with all that, where do adults come in? ” she says.
“Mothers take care of their children first, then their loved ones and they are usually the last on the list. I wish people would listen to the airlines when they say, ‘Put on your mask first so you can help others”, because everything revolves around the mother.
According to the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, screening tests such as mammograms, clinical breast exams, pap smears, and pelvic exams can lead to early detection of cancers and increased survival rates.