2014 Julie Richardson Procter Ribbon Run Color Rush

Wow! Southeast Texas, you are amazing!
 
For the 4th Saturday morning in October, you made Downtown Beaumont the most pink and teal place on earth! More than 6,000 Southeast Texans gathered at the Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush to celebrate life and raise awareness of breast, ovarian and other gynecological cancers.
 
Participants formed huge teams honoring cancer survivors, raised money for a great cause, donned crazy costumes, perused our Wellness Village, shared their cancer journey with others, enjoyed food and fun, won prizes, and, in general, had a great time! The beautiful celebration of survivorship was punctuated by a butterfly release which provided such an inspirational end to the day.
 
Also recognized at the event were the Angels Among Us, a group of women who have furthered the Gift of Life's mission of life-saving awareness and education. The honorees included Irene Aydelott, RN, Marty Craig, Charline Dauphin, Sandy Fertitta, Mary Jane Garth, Sallye Keith, Gwendolyn Lavalais, MD, Tanya Lee, Beverly Parker, PhD, Linda Penland, Cindy Stinson, PhD, APRN-BC, Anne Winslow, RN, MSN, FNP-C .
 
The 5K honored the loving memory of Julie Richardson Procter, a respected local attorney and devoted Gift of Life board member and volunteer who passed away after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. It was Procter’s wish that her illness would serve as a meaningful platform to educate women about the risks and symptoms of the disease.
 
All proceeds from the event benefited the Gift of Life’s breast and ovarian cancer initiatives, which impact thousands of Southeast Texans each year. Along the route, breast and ovarian cancer educational awareness messages were shared to underscore the mission of the event.
 
It takes a village to create such an incredible event. The Gift of Life extends its gratitude to our title sponsors: Casa Olé, H-E-B and Jason’s Deli; and the Wellness Village presenters, Lamar University healthcare education departments, Mary Kay Representatives, Walgreen’s, Jefferson County Medical Society, Gulf Coast Health Center, Inc., WellCare and Previty Vein Clinic.
 
See photos from the 5K on our Flickr page, or share your pictures by tweeting @golbeaumont, on instagram at @giftoflifebmt, or following us on facebook!

2014 Putting on the Pink Press Conference

Join us for a one-of-a-kind press conference where we announce our line-up of October events that will color your world! We'll share our big plans for the Julie Richardson Prcoter 5K, which will have several new and exciting elements.  We'll also share our plans to honor the Angels Among Us, a group of women who have championed the Gift of Life mission of saving lives. 

2014 Ribbon Run Registration Going Strong - Register Now!

Don't forget - Ribbon Run Registration is still going on at the early bird price of $20. Right now if you sign up, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card. Once you do get registered, head to your participant center and start fundraising for a chance to win great prizes! Be one of the top three fundraisers on by August 5, and you'll win a $25 or $50 Carrabba's gift certificate.

The Color Rush is back, and this year will be better than ever! Get started at event.giftoflifebmt.org!

Beaumont Prostate Screening a Huge Success

On Saturday, we held the first of three prostate screenings to celebrate June Men's Health Month at the Lamar Insitute of Technology here in Beaumont. It was a huge success. Men came from all over the area to get screened not just for prostate cancer, but overall wellness. Southeast Texas men were so grateful to learn what they needed to do to lead healthier lives, gleaning insight from numerous educational materials, as well as two doctors who were at the ready with any questions or concerns that were presented.

We are so proud, on behalf of the rest of our medical partners, to have two more opportunities to help area men get checked. This Saturday, June 21, we will be in Orange at Baptist Hosptial, and the following Saturday, June 28, we will be in Port Arthur at Lamar Port Arthur's Carl Parker Center.

For a look at the great turnout, and the wonderful clients we got to help on Saturday, take a look at the happy faces below!

Give Your Dad the True Gift of Life This Year

Celebrate Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month With Good Health

Prostate cancer is often referred to as the silent disease because many men feel uncomfortable discussing the symptoms and treatment, deciding to avoid it altogether.  When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, you whispered the name of your illness. Today, as an eight-year prostate cancer survivor, I can gratefully state that this “hushed environment” has changed in Southeast Texas.

With pride and humility, I feel that I have been apart of the solution, serving as an advocate for the Gift of Life’s prostate cancer screenings and an active member in the program’s prostate cancer support group, Men Against Cancer (MAC).

As men across the country are celebrated as fathers this Sunday, the proud and passionate Men Against Cancer members share in this important occasion by bringing attention to National Men’s Health Month. Throughout the month of June, healthcare providers and the news media are urging men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment of disease and injury.