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Gift of Life and Cheniere Energy, Inc. Save Lives by Providing Free Women’s Health Screenings

July 25, 2016

With the generous support of Cheniere Energy, Inc., 36 medically underserved women received free Gift of Life clinical breast exams and mammograms on the UTMB Galveston mobile van that was conveniently located at Procter Baptist Church in Port Arthur.

Expanding its women’s health services in collaboration with the Port Arthur Health Department, Gift of Life also offered primary care tests for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, as well as education on skin cancer, nutrition, tobacco cessation and HPV.

Cheniere representatives Cindy McGee and Paula Bothe attended the van site, demonstrating the company’s commitment to making this lifesaving initiative available to Port Arthur residents. Cindy, a breast cancer survivor, has a heightened understanding of the vital importance of the Gift of Life’s screenings and diagnostic tests with navigation to cancer treatment for at-risk women who cannot afford medical insurance.

Port Arthur Health Department's India James with Gift of Life client
Port Arthur Health Department’s India James educating Gift of Life client on blood pressure and cholesterol

“I am very thankful to Gift of Life and Cheniere for giving me this opportunity to have a mammogram,” a Gift of Life client said. “This has been a great experience. Not only did I receive a mammogram, but they also checked for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. For someone without insurance like me, this wouldn’t be a possibility.”

Clients consistently expressed appreciation for the services of the Gift of Life and the sponsorship of Cheniere for bringing these critical screenings to their hometown.

“We are honored that Cheniere shares the Gift of Life’s mission of saving lives in Southeast Texas,” said Regina Rogers, Gift of Life Founder and Chair. “At every van site, we provide a depth of services, delivered with a great deal of compassion and love. Cheniere’s sponsorship again this year will help bring peace of mind to dozens of medically underserved Southeast Texas women who lack access to care. We are truly grateful for the company’s endorsement and support.”

Gift of Life's Andrea Gambino gives anti-tobacco literature to Gift of Life client and daughters
Gift of Life’s Andrea Gambino gives anti-tobacco literature to Gift of Life client and daughters

Cheniere Energy, Inc., is a Houston-based energy company, specializing in liquefied natural gas exports. Deeply committed to the communities where its employees live and work, Cheniere dedicates its resources to the critical needs of the region. In the past year, the company has provided more than one million dollars to worthy causes, partnering with organizations and initiatives that support education, medical care and economic development.

Thank you, Cheniere Energy, Inc., for helping the Gift of Life save lives!

Gift of Life founder and chair, Regina Rogers, Gift of Life client, Cheniere Energy, Inc. representative Cindy McGee and Gift of Life Program Services Manager Christina Morris
Gift of Life founder and chair, Regina Rogers, Gift of Life client, Cheniere Energy, Inc. representative Cindy McGee and Gift of Life Program Services Manager Christina Morris

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 Winners for Life, 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.

Last year, the Gift of Life provided nearly 2,300 clinical breast exams and mammograms to medically underserved women, with an additional 430 diagnostic mammograms, 433 diagnostic ultrasounds and 32 biopsies for women who obtained abnormal results. These efforts diagnosed breast cancer in 8 women, all of whom are being navigated through treatment by compassionate Gift of Life case managers and also comforted and encouraged by the Pink Power Network, the Gift of Life’s support group that meets on the third Thursday of each month throughout the year.

The Gift of Life is accepting new client applications. FREE mammograms and clinical breast exams are provided to women with limited income and who do not have private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, or whose insurance has a high deductible.

To find out if you qualify for a free mammogram, please call the Gift of Life at 409.833.3663 or toll-free at (877) 720-GIFT (4438), or fill out the form below.

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