November Wise Women Meeting

WISE Women, please join us for November's Wise Women Meeting, "Giving Thanks and Staying Healthy," featuring Angela and Willie Gillis on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30 PM. The Gillises will share their poignant and positive journey to a healthier life that culminated in a collective weight-loss journey of more than 500 pounds.

Gaining national recognition for their interactive and empowering reality blog, the Gillises have been featured on The Rachael Ray Show and Wolf Blitzer's The Situation Room.

The WISE (Women Inspiring, Serving and Educating) Women are a sisterhood of ladies residing in the Beaumont Housing Authority Complex. At monthly meetings, healthcare professionals and experts provide knowledge and awareness of healthy living practices and empower WISE women to be their own advocates through fun and interactive activities.

If you'd like to join the Wise Women for this meeting, or future meetings, please RSVP to the Gift of Life office by calling 409.833.3663.


Cancer Crusaders Educational Awareness Series

Cindy Stinson, a Clinical Nurse Speialist in Adult Health, serves as the Director of Healthcare Education at the "Gift of Life" Program and as an 

Associate Professor at Lamar University.  Fortifying the organization's platform of awareness, the "Gift of Life," in partnership with the Lamar University Dishman Department of Nursing, has established the Cancer Crusader Educational Awareness Series for healthcare professionals. Stinson concentrates on teaching the signs and symptoms of various types of cancer, as well as the risk factors and diagnosis methods.  The "Gift of Life" offers complimentary noon and afternoon sessions, and participants receive 1.5 Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) credits.

Free Mammograms

The "Gift of Life" Breast Cancer Program makes available free mammograms, clinical breast exams and navigation to follow-up cancer treatment to medically underserved women in Southeast Texas. Through its medical alliances with Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas and UTMB Galveston, free screenings are offered at the Dauphin Cancer Screening and Prevention Center, Baptist Orange Hospital, and on the UTMB Mobile Mammography Van, stationed in "at-risk" neighborhoods to allow easier accessibility for women struggling with the challenges of transportation and childcare.

To find out if you qualify for a free mammogram, call "Gift of Life" (409) 860-3369.

Cancer Awareness and Education

Targeted outreach, aimed at raising awareness of the lifesaving benefits of early detection tests and exams is key in reducing cancer mortality.

Mammogram Information

The "Gift of Life" provides free mammograms for medically underserved women.

Please call (409)860-3369 or (877)720-GIFT (4438) to find out if you qualify and to make an appointment.

  • You are eligible for a free mammogram if:
  • You live in Southeast Texas - including Jefferson, Orange and Hardin counties
  • You have limited income
  • You are at least 40 years of age, with these exceptions:
    • A woman may be as young as 30 years of age if there is a history of breast cancer in her family (mother, sister, or grandmother)
    • A woman may receive a first mammogram at age 35, but will not be eligible again until she is 40
  • You do not have insurance, Medicaid or Medicare