SJC group raises $1,050 toward breast cancer screenings and treatment
PASADENA, Texas — The Never Too Late at San Jacinto College (N2L@SJC) Outreach and Support Center for Adult Learners recently made a donation of $1,050 to the The Rose breast cancer organization to provide mammography screenings, diagnosis, and access to treatment and support for women.
The funds were raised during the support group’s “It’s Never Too Late to Palpate!” event on Oct. 31, which promoted the awareness of breast cancer and featured demonstrations for proper palpation techniques for men and women, and breast cancer survivors from the San Jacinto College family. A bake sale and prize drawing were also held to increase donations.
“The only goal we set when we started our drive was to reach as many people as we could with the life-saving importance of our message, It’s Never Too Late to Palpate!,” said Kaye Moon Winters, N2L founder. “However, when your community is San Jac, and you get a core group of adult learners leading the way, the sky’s the limit. Thank you, San Jacinto College community and kudos to The Rose.”
The Rose nonprofit organization helps women receive the vital mammography screenings needed to detect breast cancer. Last year, the organization helped provide 33,784 screening and diagnostic procedures for those able to pay; 19,369 screening and diagnostic procedures at no charge to low income, uninsured women; and 8,857 free patient navigation services to patients without insurance. Dorothy Gibbons, The Rose co-founder and chief executive officer, said every donation goes toward helping women increase their chances of early detection of breast cancer.
"Events like this one have always made The Rose what it is," said Gibbons. "The donations go toward direct services. At some point in life, everyone needs a little help, and with this foundation, we never want to turn anyone away, whether they can help pay for a mammogram or not. We want to make sure every woman gets a mammogram."
Learning about self examinations was what saved a San Jac survivor’s life. Mary Matlock was diagnosed with breast cancer on Oct. 31, 2008. As a cancer survivor, she now teaches others the importance of palpation and receiving regular mammograms.
"I heard about self examination on TV," said Matlock. "I found a lump and went to my doctor. I've heard women say they're afraid of the exams and of the possible outcome, but I say 'don't let the fear rule you.' Events like It's Never too Late to Palpate! let women know that they're not alone in this."
About San Jacinto College: Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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Photo: (left to right) Dr. Barbara Hanson, vice president for learning at San Jacinto College (SJC) Central; Dorothy Gibbons, The Rose co-founder and chief executive officer; Kaye Moon Winters, N2L founder at SJC Central; Dr. H. Neil Matkin, president of SJC Central. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing department.