Nationwide statistics indicate that over 41 percent more African American women lose their lives to breast cancer than do Caucasian women.
In October 2012, the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation introduced its new Ribbon of Hope license plate.
The Pawtucket-based nonprofit is donating 100% of remaining proceeds after DMV processing fees, a total of $20 per set of plates, to the Rhode Island Department of Healths Womens Cancer Screening Program (WCSP) to expand free breast cancer screeningsmammograms and clinical breast examsfor under- and uninsured, as well as low-income women between the ages of 40 and 49.
Referring to the partnership, Brenda DiPaolo, WCSP Program Director said, The Foundation has the same passion and commitment as we do, and we both place a special emphasis on treating every woman as an individual with respect. Were aware that the needs of every woman are unique.
Eileen Howard BooneCVS Caremark Senior Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy and Social Responsibilityrecently announced the continuation of a partnership with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation to expand outreach to Rhode Islands underserved communities, beginning with a Hope Bus visit to CVS/pharmacys Cass Avenue store location in Woonsocket on October 15. Additionally, Howard Boone indicated the support of additional community outreach workers for the Hope Bus through funds raised at this years CVS Caremark Charity Classic golf tournament.
Howard Boone, also the president of CVS Caremark Charitable Trust stated, We have been honored to support the Foundation through a grant for its Hope Bus outreach program to ensure that people have access to the necessary screenings, resources, and health services related to breast cancer prevention and treatment.
WCSP outreach workers often join the Foundation on the Hope Bus, as it travels to communities throughout the state.
Were still a small local organization so we cannot do it alone, said Maria Gemma, executive director of the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Thats why were so fortunate to collaborate with WCSP and other community partners such as CVS Caremark and CVS Caremark Charitable Trust.
Gemma added, Early detection saves lives and were encouraging Rhode Island drivers to purchase a Ribbon of Hope license plate, she said. Together, we can make breast cancer more survivable in our local communities.
The Ribbon of Hope license plate costs $41.50 and will be available for purchase at the October 11-13 Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life", an annual three-day event in Downtown Providences Station Park that promotes breast cancer awareness and education and honors people living with breast cancer. This month, the Pawtucket-based nonprofit expects to reach the 900 sets of license plates required by state law for production to begin.
Link to license plate order form is here: http://www.gloriagemma.org/pdfs/GG-LICENSEPLATE-BROCHURE.pdf.