The Gift of Life Breast Cancer Program makes available free mammograms, clinical breast exams and navigation to follow-up cancer treatment to medically underserved women in Southeast Texas. Through its medical alliances with Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas and UTMB Galveston, free screenings are offered at the Dauphin Cancer Screening and Prevention Center, Baptist Orange Hospital and on the UTMB Mobile Mammography Van, stationed in “at-risk” neighborhoods to allow easier accessibility for women struggling with the challenges of transportation and childcare.
In 1994, Regina Rogers honored her mother, Julie, a breast cancer survivor, by funding free mammograms for 500 medically underserved Southeast Texas women. The resulting Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program is now one of the largest cancer screening initiatives in Texas and has radically changed the lives of women throughout seven Southeast Texas counties. As the second leading cause of cancer death among women, breast cancer touches every corner of the United States. In Texas, it is projected that nearly 17,060 women would be diagnosed with breast cancer and 2,830 would die from the disease this year. The Gift of Life believes that early detection is the best protection from this devastating disease.
The Gift of Life, in collaboration with medical partners, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas and UTMB Galveston, annually provides nearly 2,300 free mammograms and clinical breast exams. More than 31,000 women have benefited from this potentially lifesaving care.
The Gift of Life’s mission includes increasing awareness through education, making available diagnostic breast care services for those in need, and providing nurturing support services.
The Gift of Life Program Services staff compassionately guides clients through a corridor of care, beginning with facilitating their attendance at lifesaving screening sites. Caseworkers help clients overcome obstacles and navigate them through additional healthcare evaluations to ensure the provision of quality medical treatment, contoured to their specific needs. Following an abnormal screening, a dedicated staff member directs clients through the diagnostic process with love and support. If cancer is diagnosed, clients are assured the best of care by skilled medical professionals and knowledgeable Gift of Life caseworkers who provide care management and advocacy throughout their journey to survivorship.
Gift of Life clients receive support every step of the way, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery.
Through the Gift of Life’s medical alliance with UTMB Galveston, free breast cancer screenings are made available on a mobile mammography van, strategically stationed in “at-risk” neighborhoods. The mobile mammography van allows the Gift of Life to meet clients where they are, providing easy access for medically underserved women struggling with the challenges of transportation, language barriers and childcare.
The van sites, which are generously sponsored by industries, businesses, foundations and individuals, are annually scheduled at dozens of locations throughout Southeast Texas, offering more than 30 women clinical breast exams and mammograms at each site.
Please call the Gift of Life 409.833.3663 to find out if you qualify and to make an appointment.