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Gift of Life and Entergy Texas: Saving Lives in Southeast Texas

September 20, 2016

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

Entergy Texas is a company that dedicates resources to empower its employees, retirees and stakeholders to “give back” to communities and make a difference that will improve quality of life.

Entergy’s spirit of altruism is evident in its nearly 20-year endorsement of Gift of Life initiatives that save lives in Southeast Texas through preventative healthcare, education and cancer screenings for medically underserved individuals.

Getting a mammogram is a wonderful experience at the Gift of Life. Everyone treats you with care and concern. I’m so happy to have this test completed and know that I have done what I can to live a healthy, happy life.

– Gift of Life client at an Entergy Texas-sponsored van site

For 15 years, Entergy Texas has annually sponsored Gift of Life mobile mammography van sites, making available more than 600 free mammograms and clinical breast exams and helping extend the lives of seven women who were diagnosed with breast cancer at Entergy-sponsored sites and provided access to treatment. In 2001, Entergy Texas was recognized with the Gift of Life’s prestigious Corporate “Spirit of Love” Award for its outstanding community leadership and advancement of the Gift of Life’s mission to save lives by eliminating barriers to care that include access to physicians, affordable insurance and the complexity of navigating the medical provider system, intensified by differences in culture and language.

Gift of Life client with Entergy Texas and Gift of Life representativesA Fortune 500 corporation with approximately 13,000 employees, Entergy epitomizes the power of giving, providing $15.5 million in grants in 2015 to improve the quality of life in the communities in which it operates. For seven consecutive years, Entergy has been named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility magazine. The company was also nationally honored by Points of Light Foundation as one of the top 50 most civic-minded corporations of America.

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 Entergy Texas, 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.

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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