• Generous Grant Dollars Support Breast Health Services and Patients at Hendricks Regional Health

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    February 05, 2018
     
    Generous Grant Dollars Support Breast Health Services and Patients at Hendricks Regional Health
     
    Since the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness special group recognition (SGR) license plate was first made available in 2002, over $4.4 million has been distributed by the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT) through competitively awarded grants to organizations throughout Indiana for innovative projects for breast cancer screening, diagnostic and support services not otherwise available to medically underserved populations in Indiana. In addition, over $50,000 has been awarded in scholarships to incoming and current college students who have lost a parent or who have a parent currently battling the disease.

    The mission of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and support services throughout Indiana. Indiana residents may purchase an Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness (SGR) license plate by visiting any BMV license branch or online at
    mybmv.com. For an annual $40 fee, $25 of which comes back to the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust to support their mission. The plate may be purchased to display on passenger motor vehicles, motorcycles, trucks with a declared gross weight of not more than 11,000 pounds, and recreational vehicles.


    Through the generosity of those who purchase these plates and wonderful support from IBCAT, Hendricks Regional Health (HRH) will continue to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms in 2018 to individuals who qualify for financial assistance. A second patient support grant provides assistance for women following a cancer diagnosis. Hendricks Regional Health Foundation and the HRH Radiology Department worked together to obtain these grants totaling $15,545 for the year. Through the years, IBCAT has awarded HRH grants totaling more than $50,000.
     
    HRH Cancer Navigator Lianna Willhite explained, “We work with area clinics that identify and refer patients to us who qualify financially and medically for a free mammogram or are in need of diagnostic services. Patients are scheduled for appropriate services provided at the Center for Breast and Bone Health at Hendricks Regional Health. We also are grateful to again have received a patient support grant to help women who may be struggling with treatment and finances following their diagnosis. We appreciate the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust for helping us serve women in need from screening through survivorship.”

    The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness license plate was the brain-child of the late Nancy Jaynes, a Plymouth (IN) High School family and consumer sciences teacher. Nancy lost her battle with breast cancer in March of 2008.  Her vision that the license plate be a traveling billboard and reminder about the importance of early detection of breast cancer is alive and making a difference to thousands of Hoosiers.

    For more information on the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust and the programs it funds, please visit
    www.breastcancerplate.org or call 866.724.2228.
     
    Hendricks Regional Health Foundation raises awareness and provides support for initiatives to enhance community health, patient comfort, safety, and medical care at Hendricks Regional Health. For more information about the Foundation and its efforts, visit its web site at www.SupportHendricks.org
    Contact:
    Sue Bogan, Executive Director
    (317) 745-7376
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