West Plains, Mo. – The West Plains Country Club Ladies Golf Association donated $25,000 to the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation for its fundraising campaign for a mobile mammography unit. Funds were raised at a special 4 Lady Scramble hosted by the West Plains Country Club Ladies Golf Association at West Plains Country Club last month with the theme “Driving Out Breast Cancer”.
“We can’t express our gratitude enough to the ladies of the West Plains Country Club Ladies Golf Association for the heart and soul they put into making their special tournament a fantastic event,” said Josh Reeves, vice-president. President of Development at Ozarks Healthcare. . “Their efforts have helped us move closer to our fundraising goal and, more importantly, to raise awareness of the importance and value of having the ability to bring mammograms to Ozarks communities.”
More than 100 ladies took part as golfers in the scramble last month, with some traveling from as far afield as Jonesboro, Arkansas, to play and show their support for the cause. As the race is a themed event, participants decorated their golf carts with tons of pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness. In addition to the race, the event offered opportunities to participate to win door prizes and enjoy a special lunch at West Plains Country Club.
“We were thrilled to be able to host an event for this special cause,” said Marge Slayton, West Plains Country Club Women’s Golf Association member and event organizer. “Our group had a great time planning this event for a cause dear to so many in our area.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States (certain types of skin cancer are the most common). Early detection of breast cancer reduces the risk of death from the disease by 25-30% or more. Women should start having mammograms every year at age 40, or earlier if they are at high risk. Annual mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer in its earliest and most curable stages. Many women delay mammograms because of the inconvenience. Studies also show that underinsured or uninsured women are 35% more likely to have a mammogram offered by a mobile mammogram unit than to go to an outpatient clinic.
The Ozarks Healthcare Foundation is currently seeking campaign pledges and donations from individuals, businesses and other organizations. Any business or organization interested in donating is asked to call the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation at 417-853-5200 or contact Reeves directly at [email protected] Individual donations can be collected online at https://www.ozarkshealthcare.com/support-us/foundation/mobile-mammography-unit-campaign/.