Reach Out for Life was formed in 2015 specifically to administer established programs that serve the women of Central Virginia. I am proud to be a founding member of this new nonprofit organization that provides access to comprehensive and free breast imaging procedures for women who are underinsured and lower income. As the board chair of Reach Out for Life, I am deeply committed to ensuring that early detection of breast cancer is possible for all women without discrimination. We provide services to the women who are turned away by other programs. Not only do we offer access to free procedures, but we also work at reaching out into the community to locate women who need our services. This is a vulnerable population and fear of what might be discovered makes them avoid mammograms as preventative measures. Too many of these women with great burdens in their personal lives, turn to us only when they have symptoms, and that can mean that a cancer has become more advanced.We raise the funds to help the women in our community. Reach Out for Life administers a network of 30 partners to provide its programs. Each year approximately 300 women are provided with any screening and diagnostic breast imaging required for their individual programs of care. There is a great deal of competition for community support, and we are grateful to every person and organization that lends support to Reach Out for Life. It is rewarding to know that I am working on a project that is so important to the women in our community. We all have been affected by breast cancer, but if it is found early, the outcomes are so much better for the patient. It is that potential that drives us to continue educating and building awareness for this program.As a young organization, we are focused on growing our Board leadership, fundraising and sustainability. It is often easier to fundraise on mission, while we know it takes dollars to build the infrastructure to continue the programs and have an opportunity to expand service areas. Collaboration with other organizations is an important part of our strategy.
This Program provides access to comprehensive free breast imaging procedures for low income and underinsured women in Virginia. The goal is ensuring that every woman has the possibility for early detection of breast cancer when it is most treatable.
ROFL administers a network of approximately 30 partners in the community to provide access to all the procedures that each individual in the Program requires for her own breast health program of care. The clinics that participate in the Free Mammography Outreach Program qualify women financially. Those patients receive vouchers for procedures that are provided by imaging center partners reimbursed by Reach Out for Life at a negotiated rate to allow services to the largest number of area women possible. The imaging partners provide many in-kind procedures through the Program.
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