Funds for breast cancer screening for medically underserved
Several groups have joined forces in an effort to increase the breast care services available to medically underserved women in Harris County.
Each year, some 80,000 medically underserved women over the age of 40 use the Harris County Hospital District system to meet their health care - and specifically, their breast care - needs. One immediate focus for the program is to gain support for hiring additional personnel and purchasing mammography equipment.
Project Access, a collaborative program committed to increasing awareness of the issues and raising funds to provide medically underserved women in Harris County with increased access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment, was created by representatives from Baylor College of Medicine, the HCHD, The Rose, The Pink Ribbons Project, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Avon Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
BCM, along with Merrill Lynch, will co-host a Celebrate Woman Luncheon and Seminar at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa. Proceeds will benefit Project Access, as will a portion of the proceeds from the Breast Center's annual fund-raising project, the Pink Ribbon House.
Drs. Bobbi and Peter Traber and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Theriot III will serve as honorary event chairs, and Barbara Gretzer and Kathleen Hayes will chair the event. The luncheon program will provide attendees with current information on health and wealth management issues facing women. The panel of medical and financial professionals includes Dr. Jeanne Becker, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at BCM, and Dr. C. Kent Osborne, director of BCM's Cancer Center and the Breast Center, and two Merrill Lynch senior directors.
Financial spokesperson and native Texan Ann Benson will act as moderator for the panel discussion. The program also will feature an honorary tribute in memory of Margaret M. Alkek, a long-time BCM supporter.
"With the help of Project Access, our goal is to provide more women with earlier screening and diagnosis - and, as a result, with improved treatment options," said Dr. Jenny Chang, associate professor of medicine at BCM and chief of breast medical oncology at Ben Taub General Hospital.
For more information on Project Access or an invitation to the Celebrate Woman Luncheon and Seminar, contact Kaiti Kling, director of development at BCM, at 713-798-4058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.