The Pink Out Fund Raiser for breast cancer awareness held at the Iron County C-4 Schools raised enough money to provide the total cost of twenty-four mammograms. Those exams were completed during the Women’s Wellness Fair held at the Viburnum First Baptist Church on February 25th. The Breast Exams were provided by the Outreach Service of Ellis Fishel Cancer Screening of Columbia, Mo. The Mobile Mamm Van as it is called, made it’s first trip to the Viburnum community but hopefully not it’s last.
In addition to the Mamm Van during the Women’s Wellness Fair, Missouri Highlands Healthcare of Viburnum provided nutrition education, blood pressure checks, blood sugar screenings and body mass index readings. Free cholesterol screenings was also available along with other blood screenings at minimal cost. Samantha Hill, Community Health Educator for Missouri Highlands Healthcare says, “this is exactly what we love to do in the communities we serve. Anytime you can reach out to people and become pro-active in their healthcare, its better for everyone.” Hill added, “being pro-active with prevention creates a better lifestyle for people and reduces overall healthcare cost.”
Bev Gibbs of the Iron County C-4 Schools who helps to organize the Pink Out Fund Raiser says, “We have raised a lot of money in the previous Pink Out events and we sent those funds out of town and this year we wanted to focus on trying to provide a local service for Breast Cancer Awareness and the Mamm Van became such an obvious choice.” Gibbs added she hoped the Mamm Van visit will become an annual event as a result of the Pink Out Fund Raiser.