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Houston, TX, March 13, 2017 – According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is more prevalent among Caucasian women than any other ethnic group, however, African American women are more likely to die from the disease. That’s why on Thursday, March 2, The Rose partnered with The Health Museum to host “I Will Survive,” an evening of friendship and unity to help save the lives of women of color. The event also served as a celebration of survivors and women currently battling the illness.
“Out of the 845 uninsured African American patients we served last year, 23 were diagnosed with breast cancer and the youngest patient was just 38 years old,” said Dorothy Gibbons, CEO and Co-founder of The Rose. “Events like this allow us to try to bring peace of mind to women by reminding them that someone is on their side and to have their annual mammogram. We share our promise of providing a continuum of care for the underserved because we know this can lead to long-term survival.”
Although the majority of African American patients at The Rose are insured, The American Cancer Society maintains that financial barriers and unequal access to comprehensive cancer treatment contribute to the survivorship rate of women diagnosed with breast cancer.
“It’s essential that we reach even more women in the African American community,” said Kim Roxie, Owner of Lamik Beauty and dedicated supporter of The Rose. “We want to keep all women alive, and I especially want to help save the lives of busy mothers so that they may see their legacy and traditions carried on.”
Roxie experienced first-hand the impact that breast cancer has on entire families. She lost her mother to the disease and has since played an instrumental part in helping to expand awareness of The Rose and provide access to care for all. Her hope is to honor her mother’s legacy while raising awareness about this disease that takes so many lives each year.
More than 100 women were in attendance at the evening event, including Dr. Jacque Colbert, Carl Davis, Ashley Turner, Cheryl Turner and representatives from the Greater Houston Church of Christ, Dominion Chapel Houston, I.C.O.N. Women’s Organization, Angels Surviving Cancer Pretty Girls with Cancer and the Sisters Network, Inc. The event included a raffle drawing, desserts by ___ and ended in high spirits as breast cancer survivors donned boas and triumphantly danced to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”
Since 1986, The Rose has provided high-quality breast healthcare to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. Their mission is to save lives through quality breast health services, advocacy and access to care for all. As a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, The Rose is one of only 14 Breast Centers in the greater Houston area to receive this designation. Led by Fellowship trained physicians, The Rose’s advanced digital technology includes 3-D tomosynthesis mammography, diagnostic work-ups including biopsies and its nationally recognized Patient Navigation Program ensures access to treatment and a continuum of care for all women. As the leading non-profit breast health organization in Texas, The Rose is a strong advocate for quality breast healthcare, a major part of the Healthcare Safety Net and serves 40,000 insured and uninsured women annually. Two Houston-based comprehensive Diagnostic Centers and a fleet of Mobile Mammography Vans provide services to women throughout 35 counties in Southeast Texas. For more information visit www.therose.org.