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Friend to Friend Pink Party in Mason
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 • Posted July 13, 2011

Mason , TX—Mason County Extension of the Texas AgriLife Extension, is proud to announce the Friend to Friend: Staying Well Together program on Wednesday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Mason.  This free bilingual 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. All women are invited, especially those over 40 years of age.

The’ Friend to Friend’ "Pink" event will offer participants an opportunity to get the most up-to-date information on breast and cervical cancer and to receive mammograms from a health professional.  Staff from the Mason clinic, the local Wesley Nurse, and a TDH nurse, and cancer services directors from both the Llano and Fredericksburg Hospitals will be on hand to assist participants. Refreshments and door prizes will also be provided. 

The local ‘Friend to Friend’ "Pink" event planning committee consists of Sherry Alexander, PA-C from the Mason Clinic; Margaret DeAnda, client services representative with Frontera Healthcare; Ann Scarth, RN, the Wesley Nurse at First United Methodist Church in Mason; and Kristy Powell, with Texas AgriLife Extension. 

Volunteers are needed to help make this event successful. Please contact Kristy Powell at the Texas AgriLife Extension office at 325-347-6459 or email Kristy at kmpowell@tamu.edu if you would like to help in any way.

Thanks to the generosity of our local Mason Community Foundation, $15 mammogram vouchers will be available for use at either hospital facility in Fredericksburg or Llano, for woman who do not have private health insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid (subject to specific income guidelines). Applications will be available at the ‘Friend to Friend’ "Pink" event, the Mason Rural Clinic, the Community Thrift Store, First United Methodist Church, and at the July 11th Mason Food Bank distribution.  Please note that the forms request confidential information. As a result, forms should be submitted to the Mason Rural Clinic by August 5th, 2011.

Special thanks to the Mason Community Foundation Thrift Store and to all who support this awesome opportunity to help save women’s lives right here in Mason!

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