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Gift of Life Receives Grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program

The Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program Receives $50,000 Grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program for Women’s Breast Health & Wellness Program

Local Organization Recognized with Support From National Program

{Beaumont, Texas / February 2, 2017} – The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $50,000 one-year grant to The Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the seventh year that the program has received funding from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence.

The Gift of Life Women’s Breast Health & Wellness Program will educate Southeast Texas women and provide them with free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program will also provide diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies with access to cancer treatment for medically underserved women. Additional client services include primary care screenings with on-site educators offering cancer awareness and healthy lifestyle information and materials to reduce the risk of disease.

Since 1994, the Gift of Life has reached more than 100,000 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and has offered almost 32,000 free mammograms and clinical breast exams. The Gift of Life recently expanded its women’s wellness services by enlisting local health departments as providers in the deliverance of preventative healthcare screenings, including blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Education regarding breast cancer, skin cancer, tobacco prevention and nutrition are also provided at Gift of Life screening sites.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, 17,060 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Texas this year and 2,830 lives will be lost (ACS Cancer Facts and Figures). While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as the Gift of Life Women’s Breast Health & Wellness Program help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.

“The Gift of Life is honored by Avon’s support of its mission to save lives through strategic collaborations that champion preventative healthcare and our organization’s “no-cost” medical services. Our program advances regional medical and educational initiatives that directly impact the health and well-being of Southeast Texans in our seven-county service area. The much-needed and appreciated award by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade will further our lifesaving efforts and reduce countywide health disparities,” said Gift of Life Executive Director Norma Sampson.

Since 1993, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has awarded more than 1,800 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States, including the Gift of Life Women’s Breast Health & Wellness Program. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade awards funding to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast health programs to support breast cancer research and access to care. Many programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services. Visit avonbhop.org for more information.

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program is administered by Cicatelli Associates Inc. to support community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country. The Fund’s National Advisory Board selected the Gift of Life Women’s Breast Health & Wellness Program as one of 56 new grant recipients nationwide in the 2016 cycle of Avon Breast Health Outreach Program grants. These organizations were chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income, and older women, who are often medically underserved. For more information on the Gift of Life Breast Health & Wellness Program, please call 409.833.3663. To learn more about the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, visit www.avonbhop.org

Gift of Life and Miracle Match for Life: Saving Lives in Southeast Texas

Thanks to the extraordinary support of Miracle Match for Life, nearly 40 medically underserved Southeast Texas women received free preventative health screenings, clinical breast exams and mammograms from the Gift of Life.

Founded by BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals and Total Port Arthur Refinery in 2002, this synergistic partnership strives to educate and heighten awareness for bone marrow and blood donations, cancer screenings and cancer prevention in Southeast Texas, with a special emphasis on at-risk African-American, Native American and Hispanic communities.

Since 2003, the Gift of Life, Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program and LifeShare Blood Centers have annually benefited from the proceeds of the Miracle Match for Life golf tournament. This financial impact has helped the Gift of Life make available more than 950 free mammograms for medically underserved Southeast Texas women, extending the lives of eleven individuals who were diagnosed with breast cancer and navigated into treatment. In addition, Miracle Match for Life has contributed to thousands of free Gift of Life prostate cancer screenings, helping extend the lives of 69 men.

The Gift of Life is making a real difference in our community. I’m so grateful to this organization and the other groups that support it for making available these free screenings that I could not otherwise afford. – Gift of Life client at a Miracle Match for Life-sponsored van site

At this year’s Miracle Match for Life-sponsored van site at Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church, the Gift of Life, through its medical collaboration with the Port Arthur Health Department healthcare representatives, provided preventative healthcare screenings, including blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Education regarding breast cancer, skin cancer, tobacco prevention and nutrition was also provided to encourage healthy lifestyle practices that reduce the risk of disease. Miracle Match for Life’s generous support of Gift of Life preventative healthcare initiatives greatly enhances the community’s health and well-being.

The Gift of Life is also fortunate to have the support of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, a program that strives to increase awareness of the lifesaving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.  For six years, the Gift of Life has benefited from funding through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade’s Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP), which funds 56 community outreach and breast cancer screening programs nationwide in an effort to link medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services. Low-income, under-insured, and other marginalized populations often need targeted, customized approaches to help them obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams. Through the Avon BHOP, the Gift of Life is empowered to offer these lifesaving services throughout seven Southeast Texas counties.

With the support of Miracle Match for Life, Avon BHOP and other generous donors, ​the Gift of Life has helped extend the lives of more than 275 Southeast Texans who have been diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer and treated through its efforts.

Gift of Life and St. Katharine Drexel: Saving Lives in Southeast Texas

Thanks to the extraordinary support of St. Katharine Drexel, nearly 40 medically underserved Southeast Texas women received free preventative health screenings, clinical breast exams and mammograms from the Gift of Life.

Since 2004, the program has been a valued advocate of the Gift of Life, helping the organization provide nearly 600 free clinical breast exams and mammograms to medically underserved women in Southeast Texas.

If it wasn’t for the Gift of Life, I wouldn’t be able to get a mammogram and have this great service. – Gift of Life client at St. Katharine Drexel-sponsored van site

St. Katharine Drexel Humanitarians carries the name and spirit of the patron saint of philanthropists, Mother Katharine, who devoted her life to the education and health of oppressed African Americans and Native Americans.

This spirit of compassion inspires the local efforts of St. Katharine Drexel Humanitarians, which is led by a committee of dedicated individuals, including Reverend Monsignor William Manger, and hundreds of tireless volunteers. The organization greatly enriches the region by mobilizing people and resources in the medical and faith communities to improve the overall health and well-being of individuals in Beaumont through programs that focus on disease prevention, healing and wholeness.

Recognizing the organization’s outstanding community leadership and its shared mission of providing vital healthcare for medically underserved Southeast Texans, the Gift of Life presented its prestigious Julie Rogers “Spirit of Love” Award to St. Katharine Drexel Humanitarians in 2013.

In addition to its support of the Gift of Life, St. Katharine Drexel collaborates with several non-profit organizations to orchestrate an annual health fair for medically underserved individuals who might not otherwise receive essential care and services. Since the health fair’s inception, thousands of Southeast Texans have benefited from the organization’s goodwill, with the number of individuals greatly increasing each year.

At this year’s St. Katharine Drexel-sponsored van site at Cristo Rey Church, the Gift of Life, through its medical collaboration with the Beaumont Health Department healthcare representatives, provided preventative healthcare screenings, including blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Education regarding breast cancer, skin cancer, tobacco prevention and nutrition was also provided to encourage healthy lifestyle practices that reduce the risk of disease. St. Katharine Drexel’s generous support of Gift of Life preventative healthcare initiatives greatly enhances the community’s health and well-being.

The Gift of Life is also fortunate to have the support of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, a program that strives to increase awareness of the lifesaving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.  For six years, the Gift of Life has benefited from funding through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade’s Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP), which funds 56 community outreach and breast cancer screening programs nationwide in an effort to link medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services. Low-income, under-insured, and other marginalized populations often need targeted, customized approaches to help them obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams. Through the Avon BHOP, the Gift of Life is empowered to offer these lifesaving services throughout seven Southeast Texas counties.

With the support of St. Katharine Drexel Humanitarians, Avon BHOP and other generous donors, ​the Gift of Life has helped extend the lives of more than 275 Southeast Texans who have been diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer and treated through its efforts.

Gift of Life and BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC: Saving Lives in Southeast Texas

Thanks to the extraordinary support of BASF TOTAL Petrochemical LLC, nearly 40 medically underserved Southeast Texas women received free preventative health screenings, clinical breast exams and mammograms from the Gift of Life.

Since 2000, BASF TOTAL has been a committed champion of the Gift of Life Breast Cancer Program, generously contributing essential funds to help the organization provide free clinical breast exams and mammograms for Southeast Texas medically underserved women.

Each year, the company sponsors four UTMB mobile mammography van sites: two sites through BASF TOTAL, with an additional two sites underwritten by its Miracle Match for Life sponsorship. A collaborative effort of BASF and Total, Miracle Match for Life promotes the importance of cancer screening and prevention in Southeast Texas, marrow donors and blood donations. Annually, Miracle Match for Life hosts a golf tournament with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Gift of Life.

Benevolent support from BASF TOTAL and Miracle Match for Life have made available nearly 2,200 free clinical breast exams and mammograms and helped to extend the lives of 14 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer at BASF TOTAL or Miracle Match for Life screening sites and were navigated into treatment by the Gift of Life.

My cousin died from breast cancer. That’s why I know the importance of getting a mammogram once a year. Several members of my family have had different kinds of cancers. It’s just scary to know that I have a higher risk. I feel very fortunate to have this service in my community. – Gift of Life client at BASF-sponsored van site

BASF TOTAL also endorses the Gift of Life’s Prostate Cancer Program that provides primary care tests and prostate cancer screenings for medically underserved Southeast Texas men.

In 2004, BASF TOTAL’s extraordinary community impact was recognized by the Gift of Life with its distinguished Corporate “Spirit of Love” Award for the company’s outstanding leadership and support of the organization’s mission to provide quality healthcare for medically underserved individuals.

At this year’s BASF-sponsored van site at Procter Baptist Church, the Gift of Life, through its medical collaboration with the Port Arthur Health Department healthcare representatives, provided preventative healthcare screenings, including blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Education regarding breast cancer, skin cancer, tobacco prevention and nutrition was also provided to encourage healthy lifestyle practices that reduce the risk of disease. BASF’s generous support of Gift of Life preventative healthcare initiatives greatly enhances the community’s health and well-being.

The Gift of Life is also fortunate to have the support of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, a program that strives to increase awareness of the lifesaving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.  For six years, the Gift of Life has benefited from funding through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade’s Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP), which funds 56 community outreach and breast cancer screening programs nationwide in an effort to link medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services. Low-income, under-insured, and other marginalized populations often need targeted, customized approaches to help them obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams. Through the Avon BHOP, the Gift of Life is empowered to offer these lifesaving services throughout seven Southeast Texas counties.

With the support of BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC, Avon BHOP and other generous donors, ​the Gift of Life has helped extend the lives of more than 275 Southeast Texans who have been diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer and treated through its efforts.

Gift of Life Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with 6th Annual Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush

Because of You

More than 6,500 Southeast Texans were immersed in the color and spirit of survivorship at the 6th Annual Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush.

The event honors the loving memory of Julie Richardson Procter, who passed away after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. It was Procter’s wish that her illness would serve as a meaningful platform to educate women about the signs and symptoms of the disease.

The Ribbon Run, generously supported by presenting sponsor The Byrd Law Firm and title sponsors H-E-B and Jason’s Deli, featured color blast stations, lively music, a health-related Wellness Village, a Kiddie Color Zone, great prizes and entertainment.

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“This day has been amazing, and I am so thankful to be involved with the Gift of Life,” said event co-chair Sherry Paschal, “Even though I’m fighting cancer again, I know that I have the support of this organization. I’ll never lose my hope!”

Co-Chair Christy Simon highlighted the importance of the organization’s mission.

“This regional walk/run heightens awareness of the risks and symptoms of breast, ovarian and other gynecological cancers, while also celebrating the strength and courage of cancer survivors,” Simon said. “Along the route, breast and ovarian cancer educational messages were posted, combining fun with critical cancer facts.”

The opening ceremony kicked off with an inspiring musical rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by award-winning country music singer Jimmy Kaiser, followed by poignant survivor testimonials by cervical cancer survivor Karen Pierce, breast cancer survivors Anne Winslow, RN, MSN, FNP-C and Co-Chair Sherry Paschal and ovarian cancer survivor Lola Campbell Wilber.

Brock Enterprises again provided the start/finish line scaffolding and spectacular ceremony event stage that each year inspires the spirit of celebration at the 5K Ribbon Run.

Winners of the 5K were: first place, Sergio Sanchez; second place, Nolan Moore; and third place, Bree Fontenot.

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Following the conclusion of the run at the festive and jubilant Celebration Ceremony, the crowd was energized by soulful tunes performed by Houston jazz Yvonne Washington and the Mix, a dance performance by Kelly Dance Force and a symbolic balloon release, led by cancer survivors Ania Bender, Joanna Clark and Lola Campbell Wilber.

“As we let go of our balloons, we send forth this message: You are not alone,” said Bender, during the balloon release.

Also at the ceremony, Previty Clinic for Surgical Care and Gift of Life honored 12 Angels Among Us, extraordinary champions for the organization’s mission and voices of compassion and support for women and cancer survivors: Ania Bender ; Judy Black; Joanna Clark ; Robin Dauphin; Carol Fernandez; Becky Mason; Patti McSpadden; Apryl Mensah, MD; Dora Nisby; Penny Sullivan; Lola Campbell Wilber ; and Karen Wortham.

Ribbon Run teams and sponsors were also recognized for their extraordinary support, with top team fundraiser Cynthia Shaw awarded with an Apple iPad for her tremendous efforts. Second place fundraiser Schalanda Berry and third place fundraiser Anne Self received Best Buy and restaurant gift cards for their much appreciated help that raised funds for the program. Linda Long was the lucky winner of the 55” smart television from the Wellness Village draw.

Additionally, the City of Beaumont was acknowledged for the support of its various departments, including the Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Traffic Management, Streets and Drainage, Event Facilities and Public Works.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Gift of Life’s breast and ovarian cancer initiatives, which impact thousands of Southeast Texans each year.

Serving Southeast Texans for more than 20 years, the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program offers free healthcare services and education for residents within seven Southeast Texas counties. Since inception, the organization has helped extend the lives of more than 275 individuals who have been diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer and navigated through treatment and healing.

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Gift of Life and Motiva: Saving Lives in Southeast Texas

Thanks to the extraordinary support of Motiva Enterprises, LLC, nearly 40 medically underserved Southeast Texas women received free preventative health screenings, clinical breast exams and mammograms from the Gift of Life.

Since 2000, the refinery has annually sponsored Gift of Life van sites, making available more than 550 free mammograms and clinical breast exams and helping extend the lives of women, whose breast cancer was detected at Motiva-sponsored screenings and were navigated through treatment.

My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so I make it a point to have a mammogram every year. The Gift of Life is an excellent program because it provides women like myself, who may not have the funds to afford healthcare, to have a free screening every year. I am thankful to Motiva for helping the Gift of Life provide these screenings. – Gift of Life client at Motiva-sponsored van site

A true champion of the Gift of Life’s cause, Motiva also supports the organization’s Prostate Cancer Program, helping to provide free prostate cancer screenings to thousands of medically underserved men.

In 2010, Motiva was awarded the Gift of Life’s prestigious Corporate “Spirit of Love” Award to honor its outstanding community leadership and commitment to the Gift of Life’s mission of saving lives through the provision of essential cancer education and free healthcare services for medically underserved individuals.

At this year’s Motiva-sponsored van site at the West Side Development Center, the Gift of Life, through its medical collaboration with the Port Arthur Health Department healthcare representatives, provided preventative healthcare screenings, including blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Education regarding breast cancer, skin cancer, tobacco prevention and nutrition was also provided to encourage healthy lifestyle practices that reduce the risk of disease. Motiva’s generous support of Gift of Life preventative healthcare initiatives greatly enhances the community’s health and well-being.

The Gift of Life is also fortunate to have the support of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, a program that strives to increase awareness of the lifesaving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.  For six years, the Gift of Life has benefited from funding through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade’s Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP), which funds 56 community outreach and breast cancer screening programs nationwide in an effort to link medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services. Low-income, under-insured, and other marginalized populations often need targeted, customized approaches to help them obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams. Through the Avon BHOP, the Gift of Life is empowered to offer these lifesaving services throughout seven Southeast Texas counties.

With the support of Motiva Enterprises, LLC, Avon BHOP and other generous donors, ​the Gift of Life has helped extend the lives of more than 275 Southeast Texans who have been diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer and treated through its efforts.

National Men’s Health Month in June: Gift of Life Provides Free Healthcare Screenings for Medically Underserved Men

Free Healthcare Screenings for Medically Underserved Men

During June, National Men’s Health Month, the Gift of Life with medical partners, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, and local healthcare organizations will provide free healthcare screenings and educational materials to reduce disparities and heighten awareness of men’s preventable health problems in Southeast Texas.

June screenings are scheduled in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange for eligible medically underserved men who face the greatest barriers to care.  Clients will receive comprehensive primary healthcare services, including on-site consultations with medical professionals to discuss the screenings, the significance of test results, and healthy lifestyle practices, and receive educational information and access to regional resources. The free panel of screenings will include prostate-specific antigen (PSA), cholesterol and glucose, blood pressure, HIV and Hepatitis C tests.

The Gift of Life will also provide breakfast and lunch, door prizes and other health-related incentives.

Regional organizations will participate at the screening sites with representatives from Baptist Hospitals, UTMB, Triangle Area Network, Spindletop Center and Lamar University faculty and students.

These screenings are essential to the ever-increasing need for medical services in our region. Early detection is the best protection and statistics reflect that the five-year survival rate for men whose prostate cancer is diagnosed early is nearly 100 percent.

The Gift of Life screens men who are at least 45 years of age (40 if African American or younger if there is a family history of prostate cancer) who have not had prostate cancer, have limited income and are medically underinsured.

Since 2000, the Gift of Life has made available nearly 8,400 free prostate cancer screenings and helped extend the lives of 69 men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and whose diagnostic and cancer treatment costs were entirely underwritten by the Gift of Life.

As part of its continuum of care, the Gift of Life’s Prostate Cancer Support Group, Men Against Cancer offers support for men with prostate cancer, their families and care givers.  Meetings are hosted the second Tuesday of each month at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and allows men an opportunity to meet others, share their experiences and gain information from featured speakers to strengthen recovery and have one-on-one support.

During Men’s Health Month, the Gift of Life will host screening sites from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 4 in Orange at Lamar State College, Saturday, June 11 in Beaumont at Lamar Institute of Technology and Saturday, June 25 in Port Arthur at the Carl Parker Center.

Pre-registration is recommended and walk-ins will be accepted subject to eligibility.

To register for a screening, please fill out the form below or call the 24-hour hotline at 409.860.3369.

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Gift of Life Participates in AVON 39

Gift of Life staff and volunteers recently completed the Avon 39, a 39-mile walk in Houston to end breast cancer. Each one raised a minimum of $1,800 to participate in the walk that funds breast cancer research, awareness and education, as well as provides assistance for families currently battling the disease. Avon is a generous supporter of the Gift of Life.

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Gift of Life Provides Breast Cancer Screenings Through Support of Avon

GOL client with husband and grandchild, GOL translator Martha Suarez and GOL volunteer Tressie Holmes

Nearly 35 medically underserved Southeast Texas women received free clinical breast exams and mammograms from the Gift of Life.

GOL client with daughter and granddaughterLow-income, underinsured and other marginalized populations often need target, customized approaches to help them obtain regular breast cancer screenings. The Gift of Life is empowered to offer these lifesaving services within seven Southeast Texas counties through the support of programs like the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

Thanks to extraordinary funding provided by Avon, the Gift of Life can link medically underserved women with breast health education and screening services.

I’m 54 years old and have never had a mammogram. My doctor recommended that I should get screened. I’ve been married for 36 years and have seven children and six grandchildren. I want to see these little ones grow up and have their own kids one day. – Gift of Life Mammography Client

UT mammography tech and GOL clientGift of Life clients benefit from support services that bridge disparities limiting the deliverance of lifesaving care. From childcare, transportation and translation assistance, each client is individually navigated through the organization’s corridor of compassionate care. Upon the diagnosis of breast cancer, Gift of Life clients are provided a case manager who accompanies them through their healing journey and facilitates services to alleviate the emotional, financial and medical pressures accompanying every cancer diagnosis. Since inception, the Gift of Life has diagnosed nearly 200 medically underserved Southeast Texas women with breast cancer and navigated them into treatment.

Though the charitable support of Avon, the Gift of Life can continue providing these essential services to local women in need. Avon’s dedication to this cause illuminates its commitment to helping enhance healthcare services for individuals who cannot afford medical care or insurance.


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Counting Blessings: Exxpress Mart and Other Local Businesses Help the Gift of Life Save Lives

reindeer_1Endorsing the Gift of Life’s mission to save lives, Tri-Con, Inc. dba Exxpress Mart owners, Imad and Elias Sarkis, implemented a holiday giving campaign at their 20 regional convenience stores, generating nearly $15,000 to further the organization’s health and educational programs.

During the holiday season, Exxpress Mart employees encouraged customers to make a donation to the Gift of Life by purchasing a festive paper reindeer that symbolized their support of the organization and provided much-needed funds for its expansion of healthcare services. Thousands of Southeast Texas residents charitably supported Exxpress Mart’s community initiative, contributing to a unique grassroots effort that benefits individuals residing in the Gift of Life’s seven-county service area.

“Though the landscape of healthcare is changing, one aspect of medical care that hasn’t changed is the critical need for lifesaving cancer screenings and education in our community,” said Regina Rogers, Gift of Life Founder and Chair. “The contributions from Exxpress Mart and its customers are a blessing for the Gift of Life at a time when the need for our services is increasing, while traditional funding avenues are diminishing. We are grateful for this phenomenal show of support because it will truly save lives.”

Leading by example, the Sarkis brothers contributed more than $5,000 of additional funding in loving memory of their beloved father, the late Samir Sarkis, whose extraordinary legacy of hard work and generous spirit inspired them to build a successful family business and give back to the region. The entire donation of $20,000 furthers the Gift of Life’s lifesaving mission throughout seven Southeast Texas counties.reindeer_4

Twenty regional Exxpress Mart locations participated in the Holiday Reindeer Campaign, inspiring a friendly, competitive spirit to raise the most money for the Gift of Life. The top-earning store was Exxpress Mart 12 (located in Lumberton) which raised $4,270. The store managers and employees at the location were celebrated by the Gift of Life with gifts of appreciation for their outstanding performance.

“The Sarkis family is deeply committed to the needs of people in our region,” said Norma Sampson, Gift of Life Executive Director. “Not only did they conceive of this incredible way to help, but their heartfelt connection to individuals who lack access to lifesaving healthcare services was illuminated by the way they actively participated in this campaign. We are humbled recipients of their benevolence and goodwill.”

Additionally, nearly 100 local Southeast Texas convenience stores and businesses also participated in the Gift of Life Holiday Reindeer Campaign, generating benevolent support for the organization’s free healthcare services for local men and women in need and raising critical awareness about the mission of the Gift of Life throughout the region.

Annually, the Gift of Life provides nearly 2,300 free mammograms and clinical breast exams for medically underserved individuals, with follow-up diagnostic evaluations for those who require additional testing and treatment. Additionally, the Gift of Life has made available nearly 8,500 free prostate cancer screenings, with diagnostic and treatment costs entirely underwritten by the organization. Since inception, the organization has helped extend the lives of more than 275 individuals who have been diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer and navigated through treatment and healing.

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