Cancer is a challenge that many people are struggling to overcome. A number of our team members are part of this effort, and they’re gearing up for some of this year’s biggest cancer fundraisers and events.
A significant part of the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation’s annual Hope Week is dedicated to raising awareness of ovarian cancer, a disease with few recognizable early symptoms that often isn’t diagnosed during the early, most treatable stages. Events like “Teal Talk” educate women on these symptoms so they can identify them quickly and seek medical attention. Several other cancer events are part of Hope Week, which lasts from Sept. 23-Sept. 30.
For years, Susan G. Komen has awarded us hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to provide mammograms to under-served women in our metro-Memphis and Mississippi communities. One of the ways we show our appreciation is by participating in the Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Race for the Cure. This year, we’re organizing a team and donating the proceeds from several fundraisers. To participate in or contribute to the race, click on this link: http://bpt.st/2wtbArv. To order a special Race for the Cure t-shirt, please visit bluffcitysports.com/bmhcc. The deadline to order is Friday, Oct. 6, and all proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth.
Baptist Jackson’s “fund for the girls” has raised $616,266 and provided mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies for more than 1,200 patients. Next month, the hospital will hold fundraisers so even more women will have access to these important tests. Baptist Jackson will also host the Power of Pink breakfast to provide wellness and benefits managers with breast cancer information to take back to their employees.
Thanks to all of you who support these and other cancer awareness activities. Your efforts lead to lifesaving research, diagnoses and treatment, and I am proud to partner with you and our communities in such a meaningful way.