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The Pink Lifesaver in the Parking Lot

Published on April 26, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman

(MERIDIAN) The next time someone asks what your favorite Lifesavers flavor is, I am going to recommend pink. Not because the pink ones are just plain fruitylicious—it’s because a big pink lifesaver recently set-up in our campus parking lot and literally lived up to its reputation. It saved a life.

Broadview University-Boise campus held its first-ever Health Fair during Heart Health Month. As part of a multi-faceted effort to promote healthy living, organizations of all sizes were invited to offer lifesaving services. One organization in particular, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, ended up making a lifesaving discovery.

On Thursday, February 21, a 40-foot-long, bright pink bus set up in the campus’s parking. For six straight hours, two technicians provided 21 women with potentially lifesaving breast exams on board St. Al’s Mobile Mammography unit. The unit, which is part of an outreach program, travels the region and provides the same screening services that can be received from Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

As a result of February’s event, at least one woman came back with results that weren’t exactly favorable. Her best friend sent the following message on Facebook a short time later:

“So, I have to thank you for suggesting the Breast Cancer Screening. As you may remember, my mom, my friend and myself got [screened]. As a result, my mom and I are fine but my friend has had an ultrasound and 3 biopsies since our visit and now has an appointment with a surgeon. While we are not sure what the future brings for my BFF, I know that whatever it holds… I owe you a huge thank you.”

Health Fair

St. Al’s Mobile Mammography unit

Since this message was sent, the woman has had a pre-cancerous mass removed, and is now on her way towards recovery. If it weren’t for this event, her future may not have the same outlook as it does now.

“If we wouldn’t have gone, we would have missed it and I could have possibly lost my BFF,” the message continued.

The big pink bus is coming back to Broadview University on Tuesday, October 16, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mammograms will be available for women between the ages of 35 and 64. Insurance companies—which typically cover mammograms at 100 percent—are billed. Grants are available for women who do not have insurance. No one is turned away. Please share this information with anyone you can think of who may need this lifesaving check.

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