WHAT: Susan G. Komen San Diego, the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and support will team up with the San Diego Chargers along with Family Health Centers of San Diego, Family Medical Clinic and La Maestra to host a free mammogram event for the community. Individuals who are underinsured or uninsured are encouraged to obtain breast cancer screenings at this event.
To be eligible for a free screening at this event, you must have had your last mammogram a least one full year ago (365 days ago or longer). If it hasn’t been a full year since your last mammogram and you need assistance, please dial 2-1-1 to speak to a Komen breast health specialist who can direct you appropriately. All participants will also receive a primary medical placement and be linked to a medical home, which is important for following up each year. Additional breast health information will also be available.
In 2013, the San Diego Chargers were the first NFL team in the nation to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with this unique campaign when more than 700 San Diegans reached out to get help. Since then they have inspired other teams to follow in their footsteps.
WHERE: Qualcomm Stadium Club Lounge 5 (Gate B)
9449 Friars Road San Diego, CA 92108
*MEDIA: Please park in the lot in front of Gate B. Please let us know if you plan on going live that morning so we can accommodate you.
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: FREE to qualified women
For further information and to inquire about qualifying, please call (619) 508-8088.
For more information on where you can get mammograms, visit www.komensandiego.org.
BEST TIME TO COVER: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
EXPECTED ATTENDANCE: 90-150 individuals
INTERVIEWS AND VISUALS:
- Members of the community waiting in line to receive free screenings at Qualcomm Stadium.
- State-of-the-art mobile mammography coach with Community Health Imaging Centers and Susan G. Komen San Diego.
- Lots of people rocking pink and Chargers flare.
- 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. Komen 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 three-year breast cancer survivor.
- 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.
- Susie Spanos, breast cancer survivor and wife of San Diego Chargers Chairman of the Board Dean Spanos, who can speak to why they support the organization.
- Karla Lopez, Susan G. Komen San Diego. She is fluent in Spanish.
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.