Breast Care Center Receives Grant for Mammogram Assistance

Good Samaritan Breast Care Center is once again the recipient of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust grant. The grant was awarded to the Breast Care Center to provide a number of free mammograms to Indiana residents who demonstrate a financial need.

“There are far too many women in our community who cannot afford their annual mammogram,” stated Beth Glemser, Director of Oncology at Good Samaritan. “Our goal through the grant is to provide assistance to these women so they can get this life-saving exam.”

Screening mammograms are offered annually to women over the age of 40 and are used as a tool to detect breast cancer. Good Samaritan is fortunate to have 3D (Tomosynthesis) Mammography available to patients. This is the best technology available to detect cancers at their earliest stages, leading to better outcomes and potential cures.

Since the breast cancer awareness license plate was first made available in 2002, nearly $3 million has been distributed by the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust through competitively awarded grants to organizations throughout the state for innovative projects and screening mammography services not otherwise available to the medically underserved population in Indiana.

The mission of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust Inc. is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening and diagnosis throughout Indiana. Residents may purchase an Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness license plate by visiting their local Bureau of Motor Vehicles or the BMV website at www.in.gov/bmv. Of the $40 specialty plate fee, $25 is a direct tax-reduction donation (to the extent of the law).

Nancy Jaynes, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 1997, inspired the trust. She lost her battle to breast cancer in March 2008. Jaynes envisioned a license plate that would serve as a traveling billboard to remind everyone about the importance of prevention and early detection. The plate can be purchased for use on passenger cars, trucks and recreational vehicles up to 11,000 pounds and motorcycles.

To find out if you qualify for assistance, please call the Good Samaritan Breast Care Center at 812-885-3627.

For more information on the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust and the programs it funds, please visit www.breastcancerplate.org or call 866-724-2228.

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