For the first time, the Foundation will be sponsoring a day of free mammography screenings for women who do not have insurance or the ability to pay for the screen. The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 20 at KVH Hospital during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Limited space is available and interested individuals should work with a healthcare provider in receiving a referral for the mammography screening and to set up their appointments.
“Early detection is a vital key to beating breast cancer. Our hope by making mammograms available to anyone in need is that if we can help one person, we succeed,” said Karen Schock, Director of Cancer Outreach at Kittitas Valley Healthcare.
Funding for the October 20 screening day comes from The Foundation’s ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ account. The Ellensburg Rodeo and The Foundation at KVH have partnered in the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign for ten years to raise both awareness and funds for breast cancer screening services. Funds are used to financially assist Kittitas County patients cover the costs of breast cancer prevention screenings and diagnostic services not otherwise covered by insurance.
This year’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink activities will be taking place at the Ellensburg Rodeo on Sunday, September 6. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink to the rodeo. Tough Enough to Wear Pink merchandise will be on sale at the rodeo grounds during this time.
For more information on The Foundation at KVH’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink Fund please contact the Foundation Office at 509-933-8669.