Free mammograms still available for local women who can’t afford them

Vouchers are still available to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms to women in LaPorte and Starke counties who do not have the resources to pay for these services. The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust awarded an $18,000 grant for 2017 to continue The Foundation Breast Cancer Project, a comprehensive effort to encourage and educate women about breast health and the importance of early detection.

The vouchers are for low-income, uninsured or underinsured women ages 40 and older, and women of any age who are at high risk for breast cancer. Women should contact their physician’s office to see if they qualify for a free mammogram voucher. Any healthcare provider in LaPorte or Starke counties may request a voucher for their patients by contacting The Foundation at contact@hflaporte.org or 219.326.2471.

The mission of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening and diagnosis throughout Indiana. The trust funds its grants through the sale of the state’s breast cancer awareness license plates. Since the plate was first made available in 2002, the program has provided nearly $4 million in grants for breast cancer screening programs to help tens of thousands of underserved Hoosier women receive the services they need. The trust has provided funding of over $183,000 to the Breast Cancer Project since 2005.

Indiana breast cancer awareness license plates are available to Indiana residents by visiting their local Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch or the BMV website, in.gov/bmv. Of the $40 specialty plate fee, $25 is a direct tax-deductible donation to the trust.

The Foundation is proud to continue partnerships with the Indiana trust, Michigan City Women’s Bowling Association, LaPorte City Fire Department Local 360, and other community partners.

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