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PRESS RELEASE: Gift of Life’s Southeast Texas Walk of Survivorship A Celebration of Life, Hope & Strength

On Saturday, October 7, at 10:00 am, Gift of Life will host a new, community-wide celebration in downtown Beaumont – a Walk of Survivorshipin loving memory of Julie Richardson Procter.

This special event is scheduled in lieu of the planned Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run, which has been rescheduled to October 6, 2018, due to Hurricane Harvey.

“The Ribbon Run has become a regional tradition of cancer awareness and survivorship,” said Executive Director Norma Sampson. “We invite you to put on your Hurricane Herculean sneakers and wear whatever you would like – pink n’ teal t-shirts or costumes. It’s a family affair – pets, wagons and strollers welcome. Together, we will rebuild and recover as we confront and overcome challenges, whether from cancer or the hurricane.”

Regina Rogers, Gift of Life Founder and Chair, added, “Recognizing Southeast Texas Strong and the indomitable spirit of our region, and with the continuing support of our devoted sponsors who are steadfast in endorsing our efforts, we are hosting an event that also reflects our passion in fighting breast and ovarian cancer. With grateful hearts, we hope that everyone from throughout Southeast Texas will join with us to celebrate life, hope and survival.”

Generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Diane & Don Shaver and Title Sponsors H-E-B and Jason’s Deli, the Walk of Survivorship will kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a short, fun walk in Downtown Beaumont led by New York Times bestselling author Jill Conner Browne, THE Sweet Potato Queen, who will share brief, inspirational remarks spotlighting survivors and local first responders.

A Celebration Ceremony, with sponsorship by Mandie & Dr. Garrett Peel / Previty Clinic, will feature special guest, renowned vocalist Yvonne Washington, ending with a meaningful survivor balloon release. The occasion will also provide an opportunity for the Gift of Life to recognize 15 Angels Among Us honorees – exceptional ambassadors for the organization and voices of compassion and support for women and cancer survivors.

2017 Angels are: Doreen Borel; Cile Childress; Sandra Clark; Rita Davis; Linda Domino; Norma Forey; Pat Klein; Charlotte Mains; Dianne Marks; Pat McKee; Nell Morris; Melody Parsons; Zelma Reid; Judith Smith; and Jo Vance.

Walk participants are asked to make a $30 donation to benefit Gift of Life’s lifesaving breast health services and educational outreach. Breast, ovarian and other gynecological cancer survivors will enjoy complimentary admittance.

Gift of Life encourages community engagement through cheering stations, musical groups, wellness information, walk route entertainment and support. Please call Gift of Life at 409-833-3663 to make arrangements.

All proceeds from the event and the month-long regional campaign will benefit Gift of Life’s lifesaving programs that extend throughout a seven-county service area in Southeast Texas and provide vital healthcare and education for thousands of medically underserved Southeast Texas clients each year.

“Serving Southeast Texans for 23 years, Gift of Life ensures clients across Southeast Texas receive crucial health screenings and medical care, regardless of their ability to pay,” Sampson said. “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. We are deeply grateful to the many sponsors who help fund our efforts and the volunteers, medical partners and community groups who are instrumental in our success.”

For event information, sponsorship opportunities or to register, please call the Gift of Life at 409.833.3663 or visit giftoflifebmt.org.

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Love Expressed | Love Understood: Overcoming the Healthcare Disparities of our Hispanic Neighbors

Imagine being in a new country, far from your friends and family, devoid of a stable income or health benefits, unable to converse fluently in the native language… and then finding a lump in your breast. Where would you go? What would you do? Who could you turn to?

This is the sad reality often confronted by numerous Gift of Life clients. Many of our Hispanic neighbors who have limited resources simply don’t know where to turn when faced with a health crisis.

This issue can be found throughout the United States and particularly in the state of Texas, which has the second largest Hispanic population in the United States (surpassed only by California), with 39% of its residents being of Hispanic descent. It is estimated that 31% of that population lacks health insurance.

Studies indicate that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women in the United States. Breast cancer among Hispanic women in the United States is less likely to be diagnosed at a local, more treatable stage, and Hispanic women are less likely to receive appropriate and timely treatment in comparison to non-Hispanic white women.

The Gift of Life would like to improve upon those statistics. Between 2015 and 2016, the Gift of Life screened more than 1,200 Hispanic clients. This year, alone, more than 320 Hispanic clients have been provided free lifesaving Gift of Life screenings, with an average of 12 – 15 Hispanic women per site.

The Gift of Life strives to provide all Southeast Texans with compassionate care and lifesaving cancer screenings, regardless of ethnic, cultural or language barriers.

This holistic and comprehensive process begins with communication. Through the support of knowledgeable translators and interpreters, like Bernice Loza and Martha Suarez, the Gift of Life provides marketing, educational materials, applications and documents in Spanish, with bilingual staff readily available to answer questions and offer support.

Many non-English speaking Hispanic patients put off medical appointments until they can find a friend or family member who can accompany them and interpret. This barrier to care is alleviated at all Gift of Life screening sites where bilingual staff and volunteers are present to guide our clients through the screening process seamlessly and in their native language. At each site, Martha Suarez stands at the ready to translate every aspect of a client’s care and interpret for medical staff, ensuring that each woman is fully informed. Hispanic clients are provided the same breast health education as all other clients and are equally encouraged to seek early detection of cancer. To make it easy for all clients to have equal access to our free services, bilingual case workers help our clients overcome socioeconomic challenges, like lack of childcare and transportation, at every screening site, as needed.

Gift of Life Community Health Worker Bernice Loza is a remarkable resource for the complex challenges that can affect Hispanic women. She provides expert client navigation, offering additional support services that commonly affect our clients, along with access to organizations that can help them understand immigration laws and surmount unemployment, poverty and lack of healthcare.

Bernice is also a bilingual patient advocate who works with clients who have received a positive breast cancer diagnosis. Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be scary – for anyone! – but would be even more distressing if the information was shared in an unfamiliar language. The role Bernice plays in helping Spanish-speaking breast cancer clients understand their diagnosis, develop a treatment plan and communicate with hospitals and doctors is priceless. Love, care and concern is expressed and, most importantly, understood with her invaluable support.

Thanks, in part, to the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program Grant, the Gift of Life can retain knowledgeable and compassionate bilingual staff members who can assist our diverse clientele. Our skilled staff are empowered to reach out to local women in need and ensure that the limitations of language, culture or income do not prevent them from receiving the lifesaving screenings and support they need to live a healthy, happy life.

Meet our Program Services Team

Each year, the Gift of Life provides nearly 2,500 clinical breast exams and mammograms to Southeast Texas women who would otherwise go without these essential, lifesaving screenings.

Helping each client bridge their individual and unique barriers to medical care is an enormous task that requires the skills, experience and compassion of knowledgeable case workers and staff who ensure that each woman receives superior care in her journey to health and healing.

Thanks, in part, to the funding provided by the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program Grant, the Gift of Life can maintain a full staff of individuals who excel in their field of care. At each step of their path, Gift of Life clients are loved, cared for and assisted by extraordinary Gift of Life Program Services staff who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Please enjoy a glimpse into our staff and the important role they play in our clients’ lives:

 Kristen Foster, CHW: Kristen Foster is a full-time employee who is the first line of reception for many Gift of Life clients. She answers client calls and assists in providing them with the help they need as they seek and receive care. Impediments, like lack of childcare or transportation, that might otherwise prevent a woman from receiving a free screening are overcome with Kristen’s help. If a client is struggling to pay their electricity bill or is without adequate groceries to feed their family, she can route them through community services that can immediately offer relief. Additionally, Kristen manages client paperwork, helps complete client applications and schedules client screenings.

Molly Lee, CHW: At every mobile mammography van site or hospital screening site, Molly Lee, a full-time employee, is present to navigate women through care. The day before the screening, she arrives to set up and preemptively resolve any problems that might affect the success of the screening. During the site, she manages client paperwork, coordinates volunteers and addresses client concerns as they arise. Molly ensures each client receives a clinical breast exam and helps provide the Gift of Life’s educational materials about performing self-breast exams, understanding your body and making healthy lifestyle choices. She’s even been known to babysit children as their guardian is being screened! To make certain that clients don’t miss their appointment, Molly mails reminder letters one week prior to their screening, followed by reminder calls and texts. She reschedules clients that cancel and reiterates the importance of self-care at every step of the way.

Bernice Loza, CHW: Bernice Loza is a part-time, bilingual employee who bridges language barriers as the Gift of Life provides care for its Spanish-speaking clients. Bernice schedules follow-up appointments and diagnostic mammograms for those who present abnormal results. If a woman is diagnosed with cancer through our screenings, Bernice personally meets with them, comforts and supports them and provides them with a Gift of Life Survivor Bag, filled with heartfelt items that will help them through their cancer journey. Many Gift of Life breast cancer patients struggle with financial limitations. As a highly skilled and knowledgeable Community Heath Worker, Bernice can connect those clients with the additional support services they need.

Christina Morris, BSN, RN: As Gift of Life Program Manager, Christina is a full-time employee who oversees and coordinates every aspect of the Gift of Life’s mission. Her goal is to provide each client with a compassionate, holistic experience. Christina brings her extensive medical expertise to the team and often works as a patient advocate for clients who experience a multitude of health problems or require assistance communicating with their physicians and providers. In addition to her extensive role, Christina plans and coordinates the Gift of Life Pink Power Network Breast Cancer Support Group. By staying informed on the most pertinent topics affecting breast cancer patients and survivors, she can offer customized meetings that uplift and empower our Pink Power Ladies during their journey to healing and health.

Charlotte Simoneaux: A part-time employee, Charlotte Simoneaux has a long and rich history with the Gift of Life. She is familiar with every aspect of the organization and is keenly acquainted with other community services that can benefit our clients. Charlotte serves as a tireless advocate who can manage special concerns and circumstances that might affect our women. In addition to this important role, Charlotte schedules and coordinates mobile mammography van sites and manages important reporting documents. Charlotte, a true to friend to those in need, is often a client chauffeur, who shuttles women who lack transportation to and from screening sites.

Martha Suarez: As a bilingual, part-time employee, Martha plays an important role in the seamless navigation and care of the Gift of Life’s Hispanic clientele. In addition to translating documents, forms and educational materials, Martha also helps schedule clients, complete their applications and resolves issues of childcare and transportation. By communicating with Hispanic women in their native language, Martha helps each client understands how to care for herself, make healthy lifestyle choices and benefit from the lifesaving services available through the Gift of Life.

Gift of Life clients enjoy remarkable care, compassion and concern with our exceptional Program Services team. The Gift of Life is so fortunate to have the support of Avon Breast Health Outreach Program to enable it to continue providing skilled and committed caregivers for our beloved clients.

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 Entergy Texas: Saving Lives in Southeast Texas

Gift of Life client with Entergy Texas and Gift of Life representatives

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

Entergy Texas is a company that dedicates resources to empower its employees, retirees and stakeholders to “give back” to communities and make a difference that will improve quality of life.

Entergy’s spirit of altruism is evident in its nearly 20-year endorsement of Gift of Life initiatives that save lives in Southeast Texas through preventative healthcare, education and cancer screenings for medically underserved individuals.

Getting a mammogram is a wonderful experience at the Gift of Life. Everyone treats you with care and concern. I’m so happy to have this test completed and know that I have done what I can to live a healthy, happy life.

– Gift of Life client at an Entergy Texas-sponsored van site

For 15 years, Entergy Texas has annually sponsored Gift of Life mobile mammography van sites, making available more than 600 free mammograms and clinical breast exams and helping extend the lives of seven women who were diagnosed with breast cancer at Entergy-sponsored sites and provided access to treatment. In 2001, Entergy Texas was recognized with the Gift of Life’s prestigious Corporate “Spirit of Love” Award for its outstanding community leadership and advancement of the Gift of Life’s mission to save lives by eliminating barriers to care that include access to physicians, affordable insurance and the complexity of navigating the medical provider system, intensified by differences in culture and language.

Gift of Life client with Entergy Texas and Gift of Life representativesA Fortune 500 corporation with approximately 13,000 employees, Entergy epitomizes the power of giving, providing $15.5 million in grants in 2015 to improve the quality of life in the communities in which it operates. For seven consecutive years, Entergy has been named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility magazine. The company was also nationally honored by Points of Light Foundation as one of the top 50 most civic-minded corporations of America.

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 Entergy Texas, 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.


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, or whose insurance has a high deductible.

To find out if you qualify for a free mammogram, please call the Gift of Life at 409.833.3663 or toll-free at (877) 720-GIFT (4438), or fill out the form below.


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Gift of Life and the Hebert Foundation: Saving Lives in Southeast Texas

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

Founded in 1985, the Hebert Foundation strives to further the inspiring legacy of Wilton and Effie Mae Hebert and their commitment to serving the less fortunate. As a lasting testament to the family’s benevolence, the Hebert Foundation continues to bless the lives of those in need by making available grants to local charities.

For more than 16 years, the Hebert Foundation has impacted the lives of medically underserved women and men through its continual support of the Gift of Life’s free breast and prostate cancer screening programs.

Breast cancer can be a scary thing. I feel so fortunate that I was able to have this free screening today because I know that I’m doing what I can to save my health. This is a great organization!

– Gift of Life client at a Hebert Foundation-sponsored van site

Since 2000, the foundation has annually sponsored two Gift of Life van sites, providing 29 van sites and 1,045 free clinical breast exams and mammograms, which have helped extend the lives of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer at Hebert Foundation-sponsored sites and navigated through treatment. Additionally, thousands of men have received free prostate cancer screenings at Gift of Life events sponsored by the Hebert Foundation and other generous contributors.

In recognition of the foundation’s longstanding support, the Gift of Life presented its 2015 Julie Rogers “Spirit of Love” Award to Hebert Foundation representatives to honor its community leadership and dedication to provide healthcare for individuals in need.

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 the Hebert Foundation, 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.


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, or whose insurance has a high deductible.

To find out if you qualify for a free mammogram, please call the Gift of Life at 409.833.3663 or toll-free at (877) 720-GIFT (4438), or fill out the form below.


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Gift of Life and Winners for Life: Saving Lives in Southeast Texas

Thanks to the extraordinary support of Winners for Life, 34 medically underserved Southeast Texas women received free preventative health screenings, clinical breast exams and mammograms from the Gift of Life.

Winners for Life was formed in Port Arthur in 2003 by Father Larry Gutierrez as a small subcommittee with Sacred Heart – Saint Mary Parish’s education program. The group strives to educate women about breast cancer, raise funds to help provide free Gift of Life mammograms and serve as a support system for women battling the disease.

Previously under the direction of the late Winnie Frelow, EdD, a beloved breast cancer survivor who served as chairperson and passed away in 2013 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Winners for Life represents several religious denominations and has blossomed into a committee of more than 50 members. Current chairperson Elvira Narcisse furthers Frelow’s mission to positively influence individuals affected by breast cancer through her tireless dedication.

Winners for Life members with Gift of Life client

Over the years, the Gift of Life has done so much to create awareness for women to check their breasts to detect early incidence of breast cancer. – Fr. Sampson Etim, MSP, Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church

For more than 10 years, committed Winners for Life members have participated in grassroots fundraising for the Gift of Life breast cancer program – hosting bake sales, garage sales and silent auctions, as well as a yearly luncheon and seminar, which is attended by more than 250 individuals.

To recognize Winners for Life’s invaluable support, Gift of Life has designated the organization as a sponsor of the UTMB Mobile Mammography Van at which nearly 60 medically underserved individuals have received free clinical breast exams and mammograms during the past two years. Winners for Life was also honored with the Gift of Life’s prestigious Georgie Volz Shine a Light Award for its extraordinary commitment to illuminate the lives of those battling cancer.

Gift of Life client with Judith Smith, RN

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 Winners 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.


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, or whose insurance has a high deductible.

To find out if you qualify for a free mammogram, please call the Gift of Life at 409.833.3663 or toll-free at (877) 720-GIFT (4438), or fill out the form below.


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Gift of Life and Cheniere Energy, Inc. Save Lives by Providing Free Women’s Health Screenings

Gift of Life client, Cheniere Energy, Inc. representative Cindy McGee, Gift of Life Program Services Manager Christina Morris

With the generous support of Cheniere Energy, Inc., 36 medically underserved women received free Gift of Life clinical breast exams and mammograms on the UTMB Galveston mobile van that was conveniently located at Procter Baptist Church in Port Arthur.

Expanding its women’s health services in collaboration with the Port Arthur Health Department, Gift of Life also offered primary care tests for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, as well as education on skin cancer, nutrition, tobacco cessation and HPV.

Cheniere representatives Cindy McGee and Paula Bothe attended the van site, demonstrating the company’s commitment to making this lifesaving initiative available to Port Arthur residents. Cindy, a breast cancer survivor, has a heightened understanding of the vital importance of the Gift of Life’s screenings and diagnostic tests with navigation to cancer treatment for at-risk women who cannot afford medical insurance.

Port Arthur Health Department's India James with Gift of Life client

Port Arthur Health Department’s India James educating Gift of Life client on blood pressure and cholesterol

“I am very thankful to Gift of Life and Cheniere for giving me this opportunity to have a mammogram,” a Gift of Life client said. “This has been a great experience. Not only did I receive a mammogram, but they also checked for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. For someone without insurance like me, this wouldn’t be a possibility.”

Clients consistently expressed appreciation for the services of the Gift of Life and the sponsorship of Cheniere for bringing these critical screenings to their hometown.

“We are honored that Cheniere shares the Gift of Life’s mission of saving lives in Southeast Texas,” said Regina Rogers, Gift of Life Founder and Chair. “At every van site, we provide a depth of services, delivered with a great deal of compassion and love. Cheniere’s sponsorship again this year will help bring peace of mind to dozens of medically underserved Southeast Texas women who lack access to care. We are truly grateful for the company’s endorsement and support.”

Gift of Life's Andrea Gambino gives anti-tobacco literature to Gift of Life client and daughters

Gift of Life’s Andrea Gambino gives anti-tobacco literature to Gift of Life client and daughters

Cheniere Energy, Inc., is a Houston-based energy company, specializing in liquefied natural gas exports. Deeply committed to the communities where its employees live and work, Cheniere dedicates its resources to the critical needs of the region. In the past year, the company has provided more than one million dollars to worthy causes, partnering with organizations and initiatives that support education, medical care and economic development.

Thank you, Cheniere Energy, Inc., for helping the Gift of Life save lives!

Gift of Life founder and chair, Regina Rogers, Gift of Life client, Cheniere Energy, Inc. representative Cindy McGee and Gift of Life Program Services Manager Christina Morris

Gift of Life founder and chair, Regina Rogers, Gift of Life client, Cheniere Energy, Inc. representative Cindy McGee and Gift of Life Program Services Manager Christina Morris

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 Winners 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.


Last year, the Gift of Life provided nearly 2,300 clinical breast exams and mammograms to medically underserved women, with an additional 430 diagnostic mammograms, 433 diagnostic ultrasounds and 32 biopsies for women who obtained abnormal results. These efforts diagnosed breast cancer in 8 women, all of whom are being navigated through treatment by compassionate Gift of Life case managers and also comforted and encouraged by the Pink Power Network, the Gift of Life’s support group that meets on the third Thursday of each month throughout the year.

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, or whose insurance has a high deductible.

To find out if you qualify for a free mammogram, please call the Gift of Life at 409.833.3663 or toll-free at (877) 720-GIFT (4438), or fill out the form below.


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Gift of Life and Chevron Phillips: Saving Lives in Southeast Texas

Chevron Phillips mobile mammography van site

Thanks to the extraordinary support of Chevron Phillips, nearly 40 medically underserved Southeast Texas women received free clinical breast exams and mammograms from the Gift of Life.

Chevron Phillips is a worldwide chemical corporation that believes real benefits can be gained by establishing effective relationships within the community. Encouraging organizations that promote private enterprise, health services, education and civic progression has been an investment that has paid great dividends, engendering an internationally-respected reputation founded upon the company’s loyalty and goodwill.

I know that it is crucial that I take care of my health. The opportunity to have a mammogram means the world to me. Thank you to the Gift of Life and Chevron for providing free mammograms to so many women.

– Chevron Phillips mammography client

Chevron Phillips mobile mammography van site

Chevron has built an enduring legacy of compassion, donating funds to worthy causes and encouraging employees to make a similar positive impact. Since the company’s inception, the corporation has invested more than $15 million (and countless volunteer hours) in communities where its employees live and work.

Each year, Chevron Phillips sponsors a UTMB mobile mammography van site, which has provided nearly 200 free clinical breast exams and mammograms for medically underserved women. The company’s commitment to the Gift of Life’s prostate cancer programs has helped the organization provide primary care tests and prostate cancer treatment for medically underserved Southeast Texas men. Through this initiative, the Gift of Life has provided treatment and support for 69 men diagnosed with prostate cancer at its screenings.

Thanks to wonderful supporters like Chevron Phillips, the Gift of Life has been able to extend the lives of more than 275 Southeast Texans who have been diagnosed and treated through its efforts.

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Julie Rogers "Gift of Life" Program

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