URBANA — A program that provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for uninsured women has gotten a $10,000 funding boost from Presence Covenant Medical Center's Foundation.
That's enough money to provide mammograms for 67 more local women at risk, says Cathy Propst, Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program coordinator at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
The mammograms are being provided at the hospital, but women will need to apply for them through public health, she said.
The extra money is quite a bonus, because the state screening program has had declining support from state and federal funding sources in recent years, Propst said.
"Women at lower risk levels, we're having a harder time getting them screened due to problems with funding," she said.
Women at highest priority for mammograms through the program are women with breast lumps or other symptoms. Next in line are women over 50, who are at higher risk for breast cancer, she said.
The Presence Covenant foundation funding was raised through its annual All in the Jeans Day campaign, now in its 10th year in Champaign-Urbana.
The campaign asks companies to allow their employees to pay $5 to wear jeans on the first Friday in October.
The campaign has raised more than $130,000 since it started, and this is the first year for providing mammogram scholarships, according to Covenant's foundation.
Angela Reinhart, development specialist with the hospital foundation, said she expects more than 100 companies and more than 5,000 participants to take part in this year's All in the Jeans Day campaign set for Oct. 4.
Meanwhile, mammograms will be provided with the extra funding until the money runs out, Propst said.
Anyone wishing to schedule a mammogram should call the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program at 373-9281.
For information about All in the Jeans Day in Champaign County, see http://presencehealth.org/jeans-urbana
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program has been providing free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests to eligible women since 1995. The program based at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District serves women in Champaign, Vermilion and McLean counties.
Foundation seeks participants for All in the Jeans
DANVILLE — This year's All in the Jeans Day will benefit cancer prevention, detection and treatment programs in Vermilion County, according to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation.
That foundation is asking businesses, schools and civic organizations in Vermilion County to participate in the event by allowing employees and students to contribute $5 to wear jeans on Oct. 4.
Thanks to two business match sponsors, donations could be tripled, the United Samaritans Foundation says. If a business matches its employees' contributions, Country Financial and Old National Bank will match those matches, tripling the amount of the donations.
All proceeds remain in the local community to assist women in need of preventive breast exams, to buy equipment and enhance services at the United Samaritans cancer center.
Since 1998, All in the Jeans Day in Vermilion County has raised more than $450,000, the foundation said.