Fighting Breast Cancer in Appalachia With Mobile Mammograms
In the fight against breast cancer we can’t settle for “below average.”
The Virginia Tech community has always been on the cutting edge. In science, technology, and public service, we’re doing things the rest of the world can only dream of.
But when it comes to women’s health, our region is falling behind. Nearly half the new breast cancer cases in our area aren’t being diagnosed until they’ve reached late-stage development—that means our early detection rate is 44% below the national average.
Yearly mammograms are our first line of defense against breast cancer. Recent studies show that early diagnosis can triple cancer survival rates. But many women in the New River Valley simply don’t have access to screening services—no nearby hospitals, no reliable means of transportation, no insurance to cover their expenses.
Your gift brings breast cancer screening services to communities in need.
Every woman deserves to enjoy good health. Living in a rural area, having neither the time nor the resources to get regular check-ups—these should not be the deciding factors in our fight against breast cancer.
With your support, we can turn the tides back in our community’s favor by bringing breast cancer screening services directly to the people who need them most. By funding this project, you’ll be helping us send a mobile mammography unit to 5 Virginia counties. The more money we raise, the more time we can spend in each area, the more women who can be screened, and the more lives we can potentially save.
Join our team—help more women beat breast cancer!
When you support this project, you’re joining a team with a proven track record of success: Virginia Tech Biologist and Breast Cancer Advocate Carla Finkielstein, Susan G. Komen Foundation Blue Ridge, and a host of Hokie volunteers who are passionate about improving the state of women’s health in our region.
Whatever you can give to help us reach our fundraising goal will make a huge difference. Thank you for your support and for sharing our message with the people you care about.