The Hearts and Hands Clinic was recently awarded a $26,902 through the Georgia Access to Care, Treatment and Services Breast Cancer License Tag Grant Program.
The grant will fund "Hearts and Hands for Mammograms" in Bulloch County.
The Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education, or CORE, administers the grant on behalf of the Georgia State Office of Rural Health within the Department of Community Health.
"Awarding these grants is one of the most worthwhile jobs we have at Georgia CORE," said Angie Patterson, the vice president of CORE and lead administrator of the grant. "We are thrilled to present The Hearts and Hands Clinic as a 2014 grant recipient."
The Hearts and Hands for Mammograms program serves uninsured and low-income individuals who reside in Bulloch County.
"Women who live below the federal poverty level and who are without health insurance are less likely to have annual mammograms and therefore more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer," said Urkovia Andrews, the clinic's executive director.
In an effort to increase the number of women who receive breast health services, the Hearts and Hands for Mammograms program offers free mammograms to uninsured, low-income women who are residents of Bulloch County. Call The Hearts and Hands Clinic at (912) 681-9519 or visit the clinic at 127 N. College St. during normal business hours to fill out an application.
Over the past several years, organizations throughout the state have had the opportunity to compete for the Breast Cancer Grant. Legislated by the Georgia General Assembly, $22 of every breast cancer awareness license tag purchased or renewed goes to the indigent care fund, which in turn pays for breast cancer education, screenings and treatment for Georgians without insurance that are also below the poverty level.
"As long as Georgia drivers buy the license tag, the fund will continue to grow," said Patterson. "With breast cancer being the second leading cause of cancer death among women in our state, we need more people to buy them so we can expand breast cancer treatments and early detection services to as many Georgians as possible."
To find out how to purchase a breast cancer awareness license tag, visit the Georgia Department of Revenue website or visit your local county tag office. For more information on this and other cancer care initiatives, as well as trials, treatments, oncologists and resources currently available throughout the state, visit www.GeorgiaCancerInfo.org. For more information on the Hearts and Hands Clinic, visit theheartsandhandsclinic.org.