JOPLIN, Mo.—During October, Freeman Health System will host several fundraising initiatives to benefit the health system’s Helping Friends Mammogram Fund. Nearly 9,000 women in the community will go without a mammogram this year because of limited financial resources. Through the Helping Friends Mammogram Fund, donors are able to provide mammograms to women who, without financial assistance, would not receive the annual screening. An average of 140 local women receive a mammogram each year, thanks to the Helping Friends Mammogram Fund.
Local businesses are invited to “Go Pink for Prevention” by sponsoring a community-wide scavenger hunt. Participating businesses will have their storefront windows painted by local artist Nicolas Clark and will be featured stops in a scavenger hunt. Freeman Foundation will provide scavenger hunters with a game card detailing clues that will lead them to participating businesses. Those who find each business location will be entered into a drawing for a prize package. Residents who wish to participate in the scavenger hunt may stop by Pink Door Boutique, located at 1532 West 32nd Street inside Freeman Women’s Center, to pick up a game card. The contest will begin on Tuesday, October 1, and continue through Thursday, October 17.
Cupcakes by Liz, located at 2310 South Main Street, will donate 10 percent of sales each Friday in October to Helping Friends Mammogram Fund. In addition, The Daily Grind, the coffee shop located in the lobby of Freeman Hospital West, will donate $1 to the fund for every pink cupcake from Cupcakes by Liz it sells in October.
Dr. Fly’s Salon will sell pink hair extensions, donating all proceeds to Helping Friends Mammogram Fund. The cost of the extensions varies. Dr. Fly’s Salon will offer pink hair extensions at the following times and locations:
- Tuesday, October 1, 4 – 6 pm, Pink Door Boutique (located inside Freeman Women’s Center)
- Friday, October 4, 6 – 7 pm, Joplin High School Football game at Junge Stadium
- Monday, October 7, 12 – 2 pm, Freeman Hospital West lobby
- Saturday, October 12, 8 am – 12 pm, Wes & Jan Houser Women’s Pavilion lobby (located inside Freeman Women’s Center)
- Wednesday, October 16, 12 – 2 pm, Freeman Hospital West lobby
- Friday, October 18, 6 – 7 pm, Joplin High School Football game at Junge Stadium
- Saturday, October 19, 8 am – 12 pm, Wes & Jan Houser Women’s Pavilion lobby (located inside Freeman Women’s Center)
- Thursday, October 24, 12 – 2 pm, Freeman Hospital West lobby
“Finances should never stand in the way of a woman receiving her annual screening mammogram,” said Blake Bard, Freeman Executive Director of Development. “Thanks to the generosity of these local partners, women in our community will not have to do without this all-important screening.”
About Freeman Health System
Based in Joplin, Mo., and proudly recognized as the Best Hospital in southwest Missouri—as well as ranked #4 in the state—by US News & World Report, Freeman Health System provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services, including cancer care, heart and vascular care, neurosciences, orthopaedics, and women’s services. The area’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health system, Freeman has more than 300 physicians representing 60 specialties serving southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas. For more information, visit freemanhealth.com or facebook.com/freemanhealthsystem, or follow Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker at twitter.com/freemanceo.