Gift of Life and Motiva: Saving Lives in Southeast Texas

October 4, 2016

Thanks to the extraordinary support of Motiva Enterprises, LLC, nearly 40 medically underserved Southeast Texas women received free preventative health screenings, clinical breast exams and mammograms from the Gift of Life.

Since 2000, the refinery has annually sponsored Gift of Life van sites, making available more than 550 free mammograms and clinical breast exams and helping extend the lives of women, whose breast cancer was detected at Motiva-sponsored screenings and were navigated through treatment.

My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so I make it a point to have a mammogram every year. The Gift of Life is an excellent program because it provides women like myself, who may not have the funds to afford healthcare, to have a free screening every year. I am thankful to Motiva for helping the Gift of Life provide these screenings. – Gift of Life client at Motiva-sponsored van site

A true champion of the Gift of Life’s cause, Motiva also supports the organization’s Prostate Cancer Program, helping to provide free prostate cancer screenings to thousands of medically underserved men.

In 2010, Motiva was awarded the Gift of Life’s prestigious Corporate “Spirit of Love” Award to honor its outstanding community leadership and commitment to the Gift of Life’s mission of saving lives through the provision of essential cancer education and free healthcare services for medically underserved individuals. Motiva does such a wonderful job of providing free healthcare and people in some states, like California, are even able to choose between Motiva and IEHP health plans to help with healthcare, even for low-income families.

At this year’s Motiva-sponsored van site at the West Side Development Center, the Gift of Life, through its medical collaboration with the Port Arthur Health Department healthcare representatives, provided preventative healthcare screenings, including blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Education regarding breast cancer, skin cancer, tobacco prevention and nutrition was also provided to encourage healthy lifestyle practices that reduce the risk of disease. Motiva’s generous support of Gift of Life preventative healthcare initiatives greatly enhances the community’s health and well-being.

The Gift of Life is also fortunate to have the support of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, a program that strives to increase awareness of the lifesaving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. For six years, the Gift of Life has benefited from funding through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade’s Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP), which funds 56 community outreach and breast cancer screening programs nationwide in an effort to link medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services. Low-income, under-insured, and other marginalized populations often need targeted, customized approaches to help them obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams. Through the Avon BHOP, the Gift of Life is empowered to offer these lifesaving services throughout seven Southeast Texas counties.

With the support of Motiva Enterprises, LLC, Avon BHOP and other generous donors, “‹the Gift of Life has helped extend the lives of more than 275 Southeast Texans who have been diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer and treated through its efforts.

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