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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.

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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Gift of Life and Total: Saving Lives in Southeast Texas

Thank you, Total!

Thanks to the extraordinary support of Total, nearly 36 medically underserved Southeast Texas women received free clinical breast exams and mammograms from the Gift of Life.

Total is a valued partner in championing the Gift of Life’s mission of saving lives, sponsoring both breast and prostate cancer screenings.

Gift of Life Program Services Manager Christina Morris, Lamar University Nursing Student Amy Pelt, Gift of Life Client thank Total

Gift of Life Program Services Manager Christina Morris, Lamar University Nursing Student Amy Pelt, Gift of Life Client

Since 2002, Total has helped underwrite nearly 50 mammography van sites with company support and also through its collaboration with the Miracle Match for Life benefit golf tournament, providing nearly 1,500 free clinical breast exams and mammograms, as well as diagnostic tests, when needed, for medically underserved Southeast Texans, and extending the lives of 12 women who were diagnosed with cancer and given access to treatment.

“I have my mammograms to make sure that I am okay for my children. There are no words that I can say about how thankful I am to Total and Gift of Life for providing the opportunity for me and the other women here today to have mammograms. I am grateful for their help and for caring about the lives of women.”
– Total-sponsored mammography client

Lamar University Nursing Student Amy Pelt, Gift of Life client at Total site

Lamar University Nursing Student Amy Pelt, Gift of Life client

For nearly 15 years, Total has provided much-needed funding to heighten cancer awareness and reduce healthcare disparities in Southeast Texas through its annual sponsorship of Gift of Life breast and prostate cancer screenings, as well as Survivors Celebration, an event that inspires hope, while exemplifying the courage of individuals who have valiantly battled cancer.

In 2009, Total received the Gift of Life’s prestigious corporate “Spirit of Love” award to recognize its outstanding contributions that have heightened awareness and provided critical healthcare for thousands of medically underserved Southeast Texans.

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

Gift of Life client, UTMB mammography technician at Total site

Gift of Life client, UTMB mammography technician

The Gift of Life is accepting new client applications. FREE mammograms and clinical breast exams are provided to women with limited income and who do not have private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.

To find out if you qualify for a free mammogram, please call the Gift of Life at (409) 860-3369 or toll-free at (877) 720-GIFT (4438), or fill out the form below.

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Gift of Life Receives $45,000 Grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program for Breast Cancer Awareness Program

Local Organization Recognized With Support From National Program

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $45,000 one-year grant to the Gift of Life Program to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the sixth 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 Health Program educates Southeast Texan women and provides them free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program also delivers lifesaving education and diagnostic testing, when needed. Clients diagnosed through the Gift of Life are navigated through treatment by expert case managers.

Darla Gleason, mammographer at Baptist Beaumont Hospital; a Gift of Life client; Gift of Life scheduler Martha Suarez; Gift of Life Women's Health Certified Nurse Practitioner Sandra Bridges; and Gift of Life volunteer Adanna Henry

Darla Gleason, mammographer at Baptist Beaumont Hospital; a Gift of Life client; Gift of Life scheduler Martha Suarez; Gift of Life Women’s Health Certified Nurse Practitioner Sandra Bridges; and Gift of Life volunteer Adanna Henry

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 more than 27,000 free mammograms and clinical breast exams.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States.  According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 16,510 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Texas this year and 2,710 lives will be lost. 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 help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.

“Southeast Texas is honored that the Avon Foundation has chosen to support the Gift of Life Program,” said The Honorable Jeff Branick, County Judge of Jefferson County, Texas. “The Gift of Life is invested in the lives of our citizens and does a lifesaving work in our community. The funding provided by the Avon Foundation will further this organization’s critical mission throughout seven Southeast Texas counties.”

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. 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 or 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 Gift of Life is 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 Women’s Health Program, please call 409.833.3663. To learn more about the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, visit www.avonbhop.org.

Survivors Celebration 2016

Nearly 500 guests, including more than 150 breast, prostate and ovarian cancer survivors, celebrated life and love at the Gift of Life’s annual Survivors Celebration. Dedicated in loving memory of Mary Jane Garth, the event was generously supported by Total and Exxonmobil to recognize the tremendous courage of those who have fought valiantly in the battle against cancer.

Beards for Breast Cancer: Everyday Heroes Saving and Protecting Lives

Beards Against Breast Cancer

Thank you to our law enforcement "Heroes of the Cause" at City of Beaumont, Texas Police Department, Lumberton Texas Police Department, Nederland Police Department, Port Arthur Police Department and The Loft Hair Studio for today's special event!

Posted by Gift of Life Program on Friday, January 8, 2016


From October through January, local law enforcement took a lifesaving stand for neighbors in need by boasting beards for an innovative Beards for Breast Cancer Campaign. By making generous donations and growing facial hair, these “boys in blue” demonstrated their support of the Gift of Life Women’s Health Program, which provides lifesaving cancer screenings for local women who lack insurance or cannot afford their high deductibles.

The Gift of Life acknowledged the valiant efforts of these everyday heroes at a Pink Shave-Off at the Loft Hair Salon in Beaumont. A portion of the participating officers unveiled their new appearance after a therapeutic hot shave provided by Loft stylists.

“These men are heroes,” said Gift of Life Founder and Chair Regina Rogers. “Every day they risk their lives in service to our community. Though they already protect our lives, they made an additional commitment to save lives by donating to this important cause. We are humbled by this display of love and generosity.”

Annually, the Gift of Life provides more than 2,200 free clinical breast exams and mammograms, in addition to diagnostic testing and access to treatment for medically underserved Southeast Texas women. Since the program’s inception, the Gift of Life has extended the lives of nearly 200 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer through these efforts.

Southeast Texas Businesses “Pay It Forward”

Thank you to Everyone who made the holiday reindeer giving campaign a success!

Thank you to everyone who made the Holiday Reindeer Giving Campaign a success!

More than 100 local businesses and countless individuals supported this year’s Holiday Reindeer Giving Campaign. The community’s generosity has helped further the Gift of Life’s free medical and educational services, offering support to those who need it most. Southeast Texas businesses truly care about the community and “pay it forward!”

Thank You to Our Participating Stores!

  • Exxpress Mart
  • A G K’s Jewelry Box
  • Alter’s Gem Jewelry
  • Amelia Market
  • Arola Chiropractic & Acupuncture
  • Ashley’s Furniture
  • Bando’s
  • Bella Bella
  • Benoit’s Louis Hall
  • Boomtown BBQ
  • Calder Cleaners
  • The Boston Avenue Emporium
  • Carmela’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Chas S. Nacol Jewelry Co.
  • Chico’s
  • Chloe + Isabel
  • Crawdad’s
  • Crown Pizza
  • Dat Mac
  • Down to Earth
  • Fast Break Citgo
  • First Financial Bank
  • Fit Life
  • For Heaven’s Sake
  • French Quarter Grill
  • Gaudie & Co. / Beaumont & Nederland
  • Gigi’s Cupcakes
  • Gingham and Pearls
  • The Grill
  • Heartfield Designs
  • Honey B Ham
  • Howell Furniture
  • Jack’s Pak-It
  • Jackie’s Dress Shop
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • Katharine & Co.
  • The Kid’s Kloset
  • La-Tee-Da Boutique
  • Lenscrafters
  • Lil’ Miss Posh Bowtique
  • Logon Café
  • M&D Supply
  • Madison’s
  • Main Street Market
  • Martha’s Bakery
  • Matthews Jewelers
  • McManus Lamplighter
  • Merle Norman / Vidor
  • Mi Pueblo
  • Miller’s Discount Liquor
  • Mollie’s
  • Monica’s Mark
  • New York Pizza and Pasta/Vidor
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Novrozsky’s / Dowlen
  • On Stage I
  • On Stage II
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Pappagallo
  • Quality Cleaners
  • Rancho Grande Bar & Grill
  • Randy’s Fine Jewelry
  • Rao’s Bakery / Calder and Dowlen locations
  • Revues Beauty Shop
  • Ritter Lumber/Beaumont
  • The Rustic Door
  • Sam’s Package Store
  • Sassy Trendz Boutique
  • Seafood Lover
  • Shear Madness
  • Starbucks
  • Talbots
  • Tequila’s Mexican Restauant
  • Texas State Optical
  • Watercraft Plus, LLC
  • Wine Styles
  • Ya Ya Club
  • Z Fit Studio

Philpott Motors Employees Step Up To Cancer

Philpott Employees Step Up To Cancer

Philpott Motors Step Up to Cancer to Heighten Breast Cancer Awareness and Its Commitment to the Gift of Life Program

Philpott Employees presenting check to Gift of Life

Philpott Motors employees demonstrated their physical and financial commitment to the Gift of Life by launching Step Up to Cancer, an innovative endeavor to collectively take 5,405 aerobic steps to reflect their $5,405 contribution to the Gift of Life. This endorsement exhibited their dedication to the Gift of Life’s free healthcare services for medically underserved women.

Philpott Employees Step Up to Cancer

Philpott Employees Step Up to Cancer

Following the event, Philpott Motors General Manager Bob Thewman was presented with a Romero Britto “Love” plaque by Gift of Life Founder and Chair Regina Rogers and Executive Director Norma Sampson.

“This plaque is called ‘Love,’ and that’s what this dealership conveys,” Rogers said. “There’s an ambiance of love, concern for others and concern for Southeast Texas. We are so blessed to be a recipient of Philpott’s kindness and generosity. We hope this will serve as a reminder of our love for you.”

Thewman accepted the plaque in honor of a beloved team member who recently passed away from cancer.

“Yesterday, we lost one of our own after a long fight with cancer,” Thewman said. “This is very meaningful to us.”

Philpott Employees with cancer survivor Lori Odom

Philpott Employees with cancer survivor Lori Odom

Since 2013, Philpott Motors has annually supported the Gift of Life Women’s Health Program, which provides uncompensated healthcare services, including the provision of free clinical breast exams, mammograms and diagnostic testing, when needed, throughout seven Southeast Texas counties.

Philpott employees engage in meaningful activities that fortify and strengthen the Gift of Life’s mission of saving lives. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, team members annually transform the dealership into a festive pink setting for a special breakfast provided to nearly 100 local breast cancer survivors and their loved ones. If you have any loved ones or close friends that are unfortunately fighting against breast cancer, you may like to think about visiting similar pages to aid those struggling with cancer – websites like Help Them Fight, for example, can give you information on how to reassure and encourage cancer patients through their journey, or you could also take a look at some of the gift ideas they offer to hopefully uplift the recipient’s mental state.

Since 1950, Philpott Motors has set the standard for excellent customer service and superior quality. Incorporating a philosophy of compassion and care into its business model, Philpott is recognized as an extraordinary company that enriches and improves the region.

Special thanks to the YMCA of Southeast Texas and its Executive Director Bud Oliver for providing step benches for the event.

During the past 20 years, the Gift of Life has diagnosed nearly 200 medically underserved Southeast Texas women with breast cancer and navigated them into treatment.

For more information about the Gift of Life, call 409.833.3663 or visit giftoflifebmt.org. To find out if you qualify for a free mammogram, please fill out the form below or call 409.860.3369 or toll-free at 877.720.GIFT (4438). Appointments are necessary as space is limited.

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