Employees at HAVCO Wood Products, LLC, in Scott City, Mo., raised $2,217 for Dig for Life, Saint Francis Medical Center’s program that provides free mammography screenings for women who otherwise could not afford them.
Nearly 450 employees at the HAVCO locations in Scott City and Vonore, Tenn., bought pink shirts in October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and selected Dig for Life as the fundraising recipient.
Through Dig for Life donors, Saint Francis provides more than 400 free mammograms to local women each year, and has provided more than 2,000 free mammograms since the program began in 2000.
Breast cancer is the second-most diagnosed – and second-most fatal – cancer in women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease in her lifetime, but early detection could save her life. Women age 40 and older should have a yearly screening, although only 51 percent get an annual mammogram.
Events supporting Dig for Life are scheduled in October and throughout the year and are listed at www.digforlife.com. Please visit the website or call 573-331-5133to learn more or donate to the cause.