The Augusta Health Foundation and Dixie Gas & Oil Corporation are joining forces to support breast cancer awareness and prevention. Dixie, a longtime partner of the hospital, will provide ongoing financial contributions to the Foundation to offer a limited number of 3D mammograms at no cost for those without health insurance and who are unable to pay.
“We are most grateful for this partnership,” says Mary Mannix, president and chief executive officer of Augusta Health. “One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, but survival rates have been improving, in part due to earlier diagnosis. Dixie’s support will assist us in providing these services.”
In addition to financial support, the Foundation and Dixie will work together to increase breast cancer awareness with marketing efforts. Dixie has pink trucks operating throughout the area, which will promote the partnership, and co-branded signage will be placed at Augusta Health and Dixie locations. Also, information will be featured on both organizations’ websites and in various publications and communication materials.
“Dixie is committed to supporting the communities we serve, and we are excited about this ongoing partnership with the Augusta Health Foundation,” says Chris Earhart, president of Dixie Gas & Oil. “Dixie has made significant contributions in the fight against breast cancer over the years, and this is a wonderful opportunity to continue support for this important work.” This cause has a personal connection for Earhart, whose mother had breast cancer.
The Augusta Health Foundation secures philanthropic support to strengthen the health system’s outreach and meet this community’s needs.
Women who wish to take part in the subsidized mammograms must be age 40 or older, not showing any symptoms of breast cancer and have seen a physician in the last two years. Augusta Health offers primary care services for women who need to establish a physician relationship to participate.