Free Mammograms at 1,184; Supervisor Advances $10,000
The “We Care” free mammogram program of Desert Women for Equality held a clinic in Thousand Palms in April and provided another 67 uninsured or underinsured women the opportunity for a free mammogram, bringing the total of mammograms provided to date to 1,184.
This clinic was made possible through the generosity of the Desert Healthcare District and was in addition to the $40,000 granted to our program for the 2008-2009 year. Those funds were depleted earlier than anticipated due of the growing number of women seeking mammogram services.
Importantly, more than 150 women have returned for a second annual mammogram with “We Care.” This is significant because it proves women are practicing better self care when it is available.
The next clinic will be in Coachella, at the Eleanor Shadowden Senior Center, on May 13. This will be another extra large clinic due to the vast number of women who hear about the clinic and walk in, with the hope of getting a mammogram.
Fourth District Supervisor Roy Wilson, a strong supporter of the program, will request financial funding in the amount of $10,000 at the Tuesday, April 21 Board of Supervisors meeting.
“We would like to use Fourth District Community Improvement funds to provide mammograms to women that would otherwise not have the exam due to financial constraints,” Supervisor Wilson states in his formal application to the Board for the funding.
About Desert Women For Equality
Desert Women for Equality serves underinsured or uninsured women of the Coachella Valley by providing free mammograms. Four Free clinics will be held in the eastern Coachella Valley.
Desert Women for Equality is able to provide the free services by having fundraising events, applying for grants from Foundations, and seeking donations from the County, local cities, community groups and businesses.