MEDIA ADVISORY: Susan G. Komen San Diego and Plaza Home Mortgage, Inc. Host Free Mammogram Event for Local Underserved Women for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

MEDIA ADVISORY: Susan G. Komen San Diego and Plaza Home Mortgage, Inc.  Host Free Mammogram Event for Local Underserved Women for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October, 2016 Client News

WHAT: Join Susan G. Komen San Diego (Komen San Diego), the County’s largest provider of free breast health and cancer resources and services, at their free mammogram event in collaboration with longtime supporter, Plaza Home Mortgage, Inc. Individuals who are underinsured or uninsured are encouraged to obtain breast cancer screenings at this event.

For the fourth year in a row, Plaza Home Mortgage, Inc. has donated funds to Komen San Diego based on October loan volume in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Plaza’s most recent donation was $74,000. The donations are a result of the extraordinary efforts of Plaza associates and clients nationwide. Since the beginning of their partnership, Plaza Home Mortgage, Inc. has donated almost $325,000 to Komen San Diego.

Plaza Home Mortgage’s donation helps Komen San Diego provide free diagnostic mammograms, life-saving screenings, temporary financial aid for living expenses, transportation, meal deliveries, education and more. This donation also helps fund the largest investment in breast cancer research in the world next to the U.S. government.

To qualify for a free screening at this event you must be:

  • Uninsured or underinsured
  • 40 years+ of age or under 40 years old experiencing symptoms
  • Low-income
  • Have not had a mammogram in the past year

For more information or to receive an appointment, please call 619-269-1299. If you cannot make it this day, please call 2-1-1 to speak to a breast health specialist about setting up another appointment.

WHERE: La Maestra Community Health Center
1032 Broadway, El Cajon, Calif. 92021

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To make an appointment for the free mammogram event, call 619-269-1299.
Walk-ins also accepted, but we encourage calling in advance.

BEST TIME TO COVER: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

INTERVIEWS AND VISUALS:

  • Members of the community waiting in line to receive free screenings.
  • Compelling interviews with breast cancer survivors, including Wendy Shurelds. Wendy worked at a local university for 14 years, and was laid off, found herself without insurance and turned to Susan G. San Diego for her mammogram. When she found out she had breast cancer, the organization paid for her diagnostics and for her treatments. Wendy is now a two-year breast cancer survivor.
  • Susan G. Komen San Diego’s state-of-the-art Mobile Mammogram Bus.
  • Laura Farmer Sherman, president & CEO, Susan G. Komen San Diego is available to speak about the importance of mammograms as well as the organization’s impact on breast cancer in San Diego County.
  • Karla Lopez, Susan G. Komen San Diego. Karla is fluent in Spanish.
  • Alicia Wadsworth, VP – Human Resources and Jane Latchford, VP – Controller, Plaza Home Mortgage, Inc. who can speak to the longtime partnership with Komen San Diego.
  • Lots of people rocking pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT:

  • In San Diego, six women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer and unfortunately one woman a day passes away from this disease. However we know if discovered early enough, the most common type of breast cancer has a nearly 99% survival rate. And that’s what our work at Susan G. Komen San Diego is all about.
  • Komen San Diego continues to be the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and support and is the only organization providing qualified women the free services they need for every step of the breast cancer journey.
  • These services include free diagnostic mammograms, life-saving screenings, temporary financial aid for living expenses, transportation, meal deliveries, education and more.
  • Also, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. And much of that investment has been awarded right here in San Diego.
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