Article by Teal VanLanen.
Recent studies from the National Breast Cancer Foundation state that on average, every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed each year. Recently, there has been a gradual reduction in breast cancer rates, and death rates have been declining since about 1990. Research shows that this is in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.
To continue the decline in death rates, the United States has made October ‘National Breast Cancer Awareness’ Month. During the month of October, you see awareness for Breast Cancer all over: NFL players wear pink, strips of hair are dyed pink, and awareness walks are held. People from all over our country come together to increase the awareness of Breast Cancer, and in Algoma this was no different. Community members, organizations and athletes came together to take part in October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Algoma volleyball and football teams wore pink to show support, math classes at the high school made 1,000 paper cranes as a sign of hope, and pink hearts were placed on a ribbon with names of loved ones who have been diagnosed.
Not only had we come together for awareness, we had also come together to educate. On Friday, October 14 the Mammogram Bus from Bellin Health came to the home football game for guided tours, promotion and to answer questions about the screening process. In addition, money was raised by selling pink headbands, homemade pink cookies, and over 300 t-shirts were sold with the help of the Booster Club all to show our love and support. Over $2,300 was raised by the efforts of this collective impact!
As the planning team was thinking of how to donate this money, they couldn’t help but think of prevention. They realized that showing support and awareness was an important first step, and that educating and finding ways for our loved ones to get screened was another priority. As a result, they shifted their thinking (a Live Algoma ‘Way of Being’) to use the money in a different way, which resulted in purchasing mammograms for people who don’t have the insurance or financial means to get screened. All people matter and early detection helps save lives.
If you or anyone you know is in need of a ‘Mammogram Coupon,’ please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-487-7001 (ext. 4001).