Breast Cancer Awareness Month Begins

CHI Saint Joseph Health

By Leslie Smart, CFRE, President, CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations

Leslie Smart

Today marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a month when we honor women like Gina Blanford, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year after receiving a 3D mammogram, made possible by donors to the Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation.

It’s also a month when the Foundations work hard to raise funds for the Yes, Mamm! program that provides free mammography screening, diagnostic services and program support to the underserved. This program has provided more than 3,000 screening mammograms, 700 diagnostic mammograms, and 500 ultrasounds to people who are underserved and uninsured at no charge.

This life-saving work is made possible thanks to donors like you. We hope you’ll join us on Oct. 12 at the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation's 5th Annual Yes, Mamm! 5K. The nearly 500 participants will enjoy a morning of exercise, cash prizes, shirts, medals, a hot lunch, and lots of giveaways. Prior to the race, we’ll honor survivors, and Everybody Fights Lexington will provide a pre-race warm-up.

If you can’t make the event and want to support the program, you can make a donation through our Foundations here and specify that it’s for the Yes, Mamm! program.

Thanks to you, more women and men will catch breast cancer early. We are grateful.