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The Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation thanks the community for supporting fundraising efforts during Breast Cancer Awareness month this past October. Community generosity raised over $3,100 for the foundation’s Gifts of Hope fund. 

For the first time, area retailers including Cameron’s Clothing, Fareway, Henkle Creek Mercantile, John’s Qwik Stop and Unique Metal Artwork by June Stein participated in a campaign called “Round Up for Hope.” Each business collected donations by asking their customers to round up their purchases with all proceeds benefiting of the Gifts of Hope fund and raised over $2,000 collectively. Additionally, Fareway employees donated $300 to Gifts of Hope by participating in a breast cancer awareness casual day. 

Mary Barkdoll and the staff at Clipper Corner held a separate fundraiser to benefit Gifts of Hope by selling raffle tickets during the month for a prize package containing over 60 items. They presented their check for $1,145 to Robin Martin, Foundation Director, on November 8.  

“With the support and assistance of these local retail partners, we hope to make these annual events. These donations allow us to continue to offer assistance to those in need. It also an important way to continue to send out the message on the importance of regular screenings like mammograms in the fight against cancer.”

Gifts of Hope provides free mammograms and diagnostic services to Benton County residents who need financial assistance. The program helps to pay for fees like clinic visits and co-pays along with diagnostics such as mammograms, pap tests, pelvic exams, and the analysis of those tests needed to help determine the next steps in treatment. The fund assists those who have no insurance, have a health insurance policy that does not pay for these services, and those who are unable to pay deductible or co-insurance amounts.

The Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation reminds you to schedule regular check-ups with your primary care provider and discuss what’s best for you when it comes to health screenings. For information about primary care providers in any of the Virginia Gay Family Medical Clinics, visit www.myvgh.org. For additional information on the foundation and the Gifts of Hope program, please visit www.myvghfoundation.org