Mind & Body
REAL MEN WEAR by Felicite Toney
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s the time of year many people wear pink ribbons on their clothes to show their support of those who have fought and those who are still fighting breast cancer. Real Men Wear Pink is an American Cancer Society campaign designed to involve men into the community. “We wanted a way to engage those men who were looking for a unique way to contribute to the fight against breast cancer. We often forget that breast cancer is not just a disease that affects women; many men are survivors themselves while others have a mom, sister, aunt, friend, etc. who have battled the disease,” says Mallory McGough, special events manager for the American Cancer Society. This is the inaugural year for Real Men Wear Pink in Southwest Louisiana, according to McGough. “We are absolutely thrilled with the positive feedback and support we have received from the community! The campaign has really been a great opportunity to engage community leaders in a fun and innovative way.” This year, 16 community leaders will join the American Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer by committing to wear pink every day in October, fundraising for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and raising awareness through social networks and sharing their story with friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. One of those community leaders is Trevor Richard of OB’s Bar and Grill. “Mallory asked me to get involved and I think that it’s a good cause,” he says. Richard has been involved with Real Men Wear Pink for just two short months, but he’s already made an impact. He has offered OB’s Bar and Grill as a venue for fundraising. Real Men Wear Pink has made in difference in Richard’s life by allowing him to become involved in the fight against breast cancer. The men involved in Real Men Wear Pink are making a big difference. “One out of every two women who are diagnosed with breast cancer contacts the American Cancer Society for help,” McGough says. “The money the men raise help end breast cancer by funding life-saving research and local programs and services. Every $20 raised could help provide one night of lodging for a 56 www.thriveswla.com
cancer patient and caregiver traveling away from Southwest Louisiana for treatment. One hundred could help guide four women facing breast cancer through every step of the journey through our Reach to Recovery program. Funds raised will help to provide wigs, personal health managers, lodging assistance, Reach to Recovery and Look Good Feel Better Programs, all right here in our backyard.” McGough believes that in order to end the fight against breast cancer “it is imperative that we as a community come together to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of prevention and early detection.” To become involved, please visit www. makingstrideswalk.org/swla or reach out to Mallory McGough directly at Mallory. McGough@cancer.org. You can find them on Facebook at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Southwest Louisiana and Real Men Wear Pink of Southwest Louisiana.
SCREENINGS OFFERED BY THE CALCASIEU COMMUNITY CLINIC The Calcasieu Community Clinic, a not-forprofit free clinic located on the McNeese State University campus, offers free breast cancer screenings to those who are eligible. Eligible persons must be working at least 20 hours per week, with verifiable income in the form of an electronic pay check/stub and/ or Federal Income Tax Return, and must have household income at or below 200 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines (for a family of three that would be $40,180 per year). Patients with Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, Veteran’s benefits or active with Moss Regional Hospital are ineligible. Once screened and eligibility is determined, patients are referred to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Breast Health Center on Gauthier Road for a mammogram. The Calcasieu Community Clinic covers the cost for the patient. In addition to health screenings, the clinic provides free ambulatory medical care and pharmaceuticals to the low-income, working uninsured in the five parish area of Imperial Calcasieu including Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis. The clinic is located at 550 Sale Road, Suite 217. For more information, call 478-6196.
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October 2015 Issue of Thrive