Mason County Extension is proud to announce the Friend to Friend: Staying Well Together program on Wednesday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. This program’s purpose is to encourage women to get regular mammograms and Pap tests for the early detection of breast and cervical cancer, when the disease is most curable. For every woman 40 and over, a mammogram is a must! For most women a Pap test is too- adult women should have a Pap test every 2-3 years, and more often if they have ever had an abnormal Pap test. The Friend to Friend event makes it easy for you by providing up-to-date information on breast cancer and mammograms and on cervical cancer and Pap test from a health professional. We will have staff from the Mason clinic, our local Wesley nurse, our TDH nurse, and cancer services directors from both the Llano and Fredericksburg Hospitals all on hand! They can answer your questions, and we will have wonderful refreshments and prizes. Our local Friend to Friend “Pink” event planning committee consists of Sherry Alexander, PA-C at the Mason Clinic, along with Margaret DeAnda, Frontera Healthcare client services representative , Ann Scarth, our Wesley Nurse, and myself. We would like to request some help from the community- we would like for women to attend the event, especially if you are over 40, but everyone is invited- plus we still need a few people to volunteer to bring refreshments or decorations, help at the event, and especially to contribute door prizes! Please call me at the Extension office 325-347-6459 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help in any way. A special note- thanks to the generosity of our local Mason Community Foundation (the monies raised by their thrift store) our committee would also like to announce the availability of $15 mammogram vouchers, which will be able to be used at Fredericksburg or Llano, for women who are in the income bracket that “falls through the cracks”. We are targeting women who do not have private health insurance but do not qualify for Medicaid. There are specific income guidelines, and the grant is generous enough to cover most or all of the women in our county who meet these guidelines. Applications will be available at the Pink Event, at the Mason Clinic, at the Foundation Thrift Store, at the July 11 Food Bank Distribution, and at the Methodist Church. The returning applications will contain confidential information and so must only be turned in at the Mason Clinic by August 5th. Thanks to the Mason Community Foundation, their Thrift Store and to all of you who support it for this awesome opportunity to help save women’s lives right here in Mason!