Friday, February 17, 2012

Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation receives Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust Grant

Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation was recently awarded a grant from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust to provide free digital screening mammograms to 45 low-income, uninsured Cass County residents. In addition to providing screening mammograms, educational information will be made available to the community.

Early detection is the best prevention for breast cancer and by focusing our efforts on a comprehensive solution, uninsured community members will have access to a potentially lifesaving service. To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram, call Logansport Memorial Hospital Registration at 574-753-1538.

Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation provides direction and financial support for activities that promote health and wellness in our rural community. In October 2011, Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation raised more than $2500 for screening mammograms at its annual River Bluff Run and has provided eight free digital mammograms to Cass County residents with these funds. “The IBCAT grant expands the number of digital screening mammograms we will be able to offer,” commented Cherie Bennett MD, Logansport Memorial Internal Medicine. “I am delighted that the Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation was able to receive these funds to expand care for low income, uninsured Cass County women. We have the potential to save lives through early detection.”

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. Indiana residents may purchase an Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness license plate by visiting their local Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch or the BMV website at www.in.gov/bmv. Of the $40 specialty plate fee, $25 is a direct tax-deductible donation to the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust. The plate can be purchased for use on passenger cars, trucks and recreational vehicles up to 11,000 pounds and motorcycles.

Since the breast cancer awareness license plate was first made available in 2002, $1.6 million has been distributed by the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT) through competitively awarded grants to organizations throughout the state for innovative projects for screening mammography services not otherwise available to medically underserved populations in Indiana.


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