Free Screenings and Fair at Mary’s Center in D.C.
WHAT: Mary’s Center will host “A Crucial Catch Day – Your Day to Fight Breast Cancer” community health fair to provide women in Washington, D.C., with free, life-saving breast cancer education and screenings. Tanya Snyder, wife of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and a breast cancer survivor, who was instrumental in creating the NFL A Crucial Catch program, will help open the day’s events, along with a number of Redskins players’ wives. Women are invited to attend and learn more about ways to reduce their risks and the importance of detecting cancer early. There will be educational information, breast cancer screenings and referrals for free mammograms, health screenings, activities and education to encourage health eating and physical activity.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
10:30 a.m. Opening remarks: Tanya Snyder,
María Gómez, President and CEO of Mary’s Center
Erin Hoynes, SVP American Cancer Society SA Division
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free breast screenings
WHERE: Mary’s Center, 3912 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20011
The NFL’s A Crucial Catch is made possible through a grant from the American Cancer Society and the National Football League. This initiative provides funding to support increased access to breast cancer education and screening resources in underserved communities through the American Cancer Society’s community health Advocates implementing National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) program.
Since 2009, the NFL has donated $8 million to the American Cancer Society in support of the fight to end breast cancer. Over the past three years, $6 million of that total has supported the CHANGE program. More than 100,000 women have received breast cancer prevention and early detection outreach and education, and over 56,000 breast cancer screenings have been provided. The NFL’s A Crucial Catch initiative is funded primarily through the sale of breast cancer awareness-identified pink items at retail, available at NFLShop.com and in stadium retail stores, and autographed and game-used merchandise at NFL Auction. The American Cancer Society is the sole beneficiary of the net proceeds from merchandise sales and auctions.
As a result of the NFL CHANGE grant funding, the Society awarded a $50,000 CHANGE grant to Mary’s Center to increase breast cancer screening rates within Washington, D.C. Mary’s Center was one of 32 grant recipients to receive grant funding to implement strategies to address the unequal burden of breast cancer within communities across the country.
Mary’s Center is a federally qualified health center that provides health care, educational and social services at six locations in Washington, D.C., and Maryland, including a senior wellness center. Mary’s Center uses a holistic, multipronged approach that helps each participant access individualized services that set them on the path toward good health, stable families, and economic independence.
The NFL does not profit from the sale or auction of pink merchandise. For more information, visit nfl.com/pink.