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Gift of Life and Motiva: Saving Lives in Southeast Texas

October 4, 2016

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

Motiva Enterprises, LLC is one of the nation’s largest refineries with a rich, regional history dating back to the 1901 discovery of oil at Spindletop. Noted for its dedication to safety and responsibility, the plant extends its mission of goodwill beyond the boundaries of company gates to advance the entire community.



“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

Gift of Life client with mother and son

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 five women, whose breast cancer was detected at Motiva-sponsored screenings and were navigated through treatment. A true champion of the cause, Motiva has also extended its support to the Gift of Life Prostate Cancer Program, helping to provide free prostate cancer screenings to thousands of medically underserved men. With the support of Motiva 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.

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 providing quality healthcare for those who are unable to access it themselves.

Port Arthur Public Health Department employee, Gift of Life client, and Gift of Life Program Services Manager Christina Morris, RNAt this year’s Motiva-sponsored van site at the West Side Development Center, the Gift of Life expanded its women’s healthcare services by enlisting the Port Arthur Health Department as providers in the deliverance of 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.

By uniting with the Gift of Life, Motiva had an invaluable impact in the lives of those it serves, greatly increasing cancer awareness and reducing health disparities across the region.

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 18 women since January 2015, 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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