Locals do their part in fight against breast cancer

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Two area health agencies and the American Legion Post 77 are sponsoring free breast exams on Saturday afternoon at Post 77’s Bingo Hall in Logan.

“This is open and free to the public,” said Post Commander Bobby Casados. “We will be taking donations and that money will be used for programs at Trigg Hospital.”

Registered nurse Jeanne Moralez of the Quay and Harding County Public Health Office and Certified Nurse Practitioner Dell Willis with the Logan Family Practice will provide the screening from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“We will be giving free breast exams to the public,” Moralez said. “We will also be teaching people how to conduct a self breast exam.”

Moralez said any donations collected on Saturday will go to the Trigg Hospital Foundation, which provides mammograms for patients that cannot afford the procedure or their insurance won’t cover the cost.

“The foundation has helped local patients with the cost of the mammogram,” Moralez said.

Moralez said providing this free service is a part of the efforts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. She said the most important part is educating the public on prevention and treatment.

“We will have information about all types of cancer available on Saturday,” Moralez said.

Area high school athletic teams have also been raising awareness for breast cancer. Football players have been wearing pink gloves, cleats, and arm and wrist bands to show support.

Volleyball teams have been participating in “Dig Pink,” which is the official registered brand of the “Side-Out Foundation” based out of Virginia, according to the New Mexico Activity Association Web site.

San Jon, Logan, Tucumcari and House have or will participate in a “Dig Pink” event. A portion of the night’s gate money is donated to the cause and additional money is raised by donation, raffles and auctions.

Last year New Mexico volleyball teams raised $70,000; this year’s goal is $100,000, according to the Web site.