According to Parkland Foundation Board Member Peter B. Bartholow,
“It has never been more important than now to keep our community healthy! As the community’s public health system, Parkland Health And Hospital System is the foundation for a healthy Dallas. Parkland’s philosophy is to not only treat illness and injury, but to also prevent it. Parkland works tirelessly to keep our community healthy in myriad of ways, including providing breast health screening mammograms to tens of thousands of women each year.
“The goal of mammography is to detect and diagnose breast cancer early. We know that, when found early, breast cancer is treatable and survivable. However, many who rely on Parkland for care have not had the advantage of preventive healthcare, especially mammography. Most of the women served at Parkland are racially and ethnically diverse and live in neighborhoods where breast cancer is diagnosed at later stages in their disease than the national and regional norms. It is imperative that breast cancer is diagnosed in the early stages for better patient outcomes that ultimately lead to survivorship.
“We are so excited that in a few short months Parkland will open the Moody Center for Breast Health on its campus, bringing together all important breast health resources under one roof. Parkland also provides convenient access to mammography and early detection education through its community-based health centers, through outreach to the homeless population, and through numerous outreach and education programs in partnership with community organizations located in high risk ZIP codes. And we are there to provide the best care possible if breast cancer is detected.
“Our wish is for you to partner with Parkland by gifting a screening mammogram to a woman in need. By donating at www.IStandforParkland.org/donate or by calling 214.266.2000, your gift will allow Parkland to provide outreach and early detection to help close the gap of ethnic and economic disparity among women in Dallas County.
“Please encourage your loved ones to wear their masks and get their mammograms, too. Lives will be saved because of your action!”
* Graphic/photo provided by Parkland Foundation