Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and treatment. In Bastrop County, a group of dedicated individuals and organizations came together to support the Breast Health Initiative (BHI) in its mission to provide access to affordable mammograms and breast health services for uninsured and underserved women in the community.
The BHI received generous donations from local businesses, including Parobek Plumbing & Air Conditioning and the Bastrop Association of Sheriff’s Employees, as well as corporate support from Lost Pines Toyota. These funds are being used to support various initiatives, such as the Pinky Promise program, which provides financial assistance to underserved women and promotes awareness and education in rural communities, and the Addressing Cancer Together program, which provides diagnostic mammograms and diagnostics for uninsured and underinsured women under 40 who are at high risk for breast cancer.
The BHI also works in partnership with local organizations, such as churches, clinics, and civic groups, to improve the rate of screening in Bastrop County. Additionally, the BHI is currently developing mental health support for cancer patients and survivors through the Resilience Initiative. Mammograms are provided in fixed facilities, as well as through the Big Pink Bus, which is managed by the Lone Star Circle of Care.
It’s worth noting that the BHI does not provide direct financial support to patients, but instead uses the funds raised for screening mammograms and outreach efforts. The BHI is grateful for the support from the community, Parobek Plumbing, the Bastrop Association of Sheriff’s Employees, and Lost Pines Toyota, as well as the time and talents of many volunteers who contributed to the successful outreach efforts. The BHI’s mission is to ensure that all women in Bastrop County have access to affordable screenings and early detection, which can save lives.
The Bastrop County Breast Health Initiative works year-round to provide outreach and education. Click here to join these efforts.