In the fall of 2003, I found out that my mom didn't have health insurance. She worked for a small company that didn't provide health insurance, and didn't have the financial resources to buy it on her own. She told us for years that she had health insurance and went to the doctor regularly because she was too embarrassed to admit otherwise. We found out that she had put off a number of routine health screening items for many years because of this. We quickly took steps to remedy the situation, and within a couple of months of getting health insurance, she went in for a mammogram and high grade breast cancer was found. Despite intensive treatment, it unfortunately spread rapidly and she died in 2005. There is almost nothing she wanted more in life than to be a grandmother, and her first grandchild had just been born in 2003. Had she had an earlier mammogram, it is very possible, even likely, that she would still be here today, and she would have been able to be the amazing grandmother she was born to be.
Unfortunately, her story is not unique: millions of women every year forego mammograms because they can't afford them, and because they are too embarrassed to ask for help. Also, for most of these women, the reality they are keenly aware of is that even if something was found, they would not have the resources to pay for the follow on care. This is why I am asking for YOUR help. I have volunteered to be a "Man in Pink" for the Chesapeake Regional Health BraHaHa. Your sponsorship of me will help pay for 30 women, women just like my mom, to get mammograms. Further, if any of these women are found to have cancer, your sponsorship will help them get the treatment they need; the treatment that will allow them to continue being the mothers, wives, daughters, and grandparents they all deserve to be. Almost 100% of the money you donate will go directly to patients....there are few ways you can have this kind of impact with your money. Please consider supporting this incredible cause. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!