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Community Health Centers Receives American Cancer Society Grant

 
 
Lee Denim Grant
Photo (L to R) – Nathaniel Friends, CHC Board Member; Adler Labossiere, CHC Board Member; Nurez Madhany, ACS Health Systems Manager; John Sanders, CHC Board Chair and Margaret Brennan, CHC President/Chief Executive Officer.

Fighting Against Breast Cancer in Central Florida

Winter Garden, FLAs part of its continued commitment to the fight to end breast cancer and promote health equity, the American Cancer Society has awarded a $50,000 Continuation community-based grant to Community Health Centers, Inc. The grant was awarded through the Lee National Denim Day® campaign in 2014.

The American Cancer Society CHANGE grant will assist Community Health Centers, Inc. in its efforts to educate women about reducing their risk of breast cancer and the importance of regular cancer screenings.  The grant will also assist in ensuring women have access to affordable breast cancer screenings including 156 free mammograms for uninsured women ages 50-74.

Lee National Denim Day is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and Lee® Jeans. Funds raised through Lee National Denim Day help the Society build community capacity to offer education and cancer screening resources to women experiencing an unequal burden of cancer.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and second-leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S.  The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer among women in the U.S. in 2015 and about 40,290 women are expected to die of the disease.

Women can help reduce their breast cancer risk by making healthy choices like not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests. For more information, go to www.cancer.org. In the U.S., death rates from female breast cancer have declined 35% since about 1989.These decreases are believed to be due to earlier detection by mammography, increased awareness and improvements in treatment.

About The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we celebrate 100 years of service, we’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

About Lee Jeans

Lee® Jeans is a division of VF Corporation. (NYSE: VFC). Headquartered in Merriam, Kan., Lee manufactures and markets brand denim, casual pants, shirts, fleece and knit apparel. A brand committed to the community, Lee Jeans founded Lee National Denim Day®, one of the largest single-day fundraisers for breast cancer. For more information about Lee, visit www.lee.com.

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For more information contact:
Community Health Centers, Inc.
407-905-8827