|Parkland Offers Free Mammograms at Breast Cancer Health Fair|
|DALLAS - Parkland Health & Hospital System will partner with Dallas Women's Foundation's Breast Cancer Builds Fund and Mammograms for the Masses to hold a breast cancer health fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 at Highland Hills United Methodist Church, 600 Flagstaff Drive, Dallas.
The health fair is for women 18 years and older and will include health education classes, glucose and cholesterol screenings, cooking demonstrations, massages as well as other events. Parkland's Community Oriented Primary Care Cancer Prevention & Intervention Program will have a mobile unit on site offering free mammograms.
"Parkland is a vital resource in maintaining a healthy community in Dallas. Providing free breast education and mammograms to women in Dallas help us continue that mission. We are grateful to Dallas Women's Foundation's Breast Cancer Builds Fund and Mammograms for the Masses for offering financial support to make this possible," said Marcene Royster, Parkland's director of community services.
Dr. Sheron Patterson, creator of Mammograms for the Masses, recently gave Parkland Foundation $8,000 through a donor-advised fund she created at the Dallas Women's Foundation. Of that, $6,500 will purchase educational materials for the new mobile unit and Parkland's breast imaging center and the remaining $1,500 will fund the Sept. 27 health fair.
"I am a survivor of breast cancer and understand the importance of early detection. I was blessed to have the resources to get tested regularly and detect my cancer early. Our partnership with Parkland will help provide more women the opportunity to get tested and hopefully save lives," said Dr. Patterson, senior pastor, Highland Hills United Methodist Church.
Women with health insurance are not eligible for free mammograms. Women must provide a photo I.D. and proof of Dallas County residency. In addition, their last mammogram must have taken place more than one year ago.
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