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 5:30pm 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! The featured speaker will be Susan Bacon, Radiology Tech at Hill Country Memorial Breast Center. The’ Friend to Friend’ ”Pink” event will offer participants an opportunity to get the most up-to-date information on both breast and cervical cancer from health professionals. 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. Thanks to the generosity of our local Mason Community Foundation, free mammograms will be awarded to qualified residents of Mason County. There is a $15 co-pay for mammogram vouchers. These vouchers are for use at either hospital facility in Fredericksburg or Llano. The women of primary consideration to receive the free mammograms will be those who are between the ages of 40 & 64, 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. The $15 co-pay collected will be applied towards next year’s event.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 email@example.com if you would like to help in any way. 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!