The Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program was established in Beaumont, Texas in 1994 by Regina Rogers as a tribute to her mother, Julie (a breast cancer survivor), who passed away in 1998 following complications from a stroke and heart attack. Originally, the program was created to only provide free mammograms for medically underserved women. However, over time the organization’s services have multiplied in response to the needs of the region. Today, it is one of the largest cancer screening initiatives of its kind in the state of Texas.
Since inception, the program has helped extend the lives of more than 275 medically underserved individuals who have been diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer following Gift of Life screenings and were provided access to treatment by compassionate and knowledgeable caseworkers and medical professionals. Additionally, the program has shared lifesaving healthy living information and cancer awareness materials with more than 100,000 children and adults through nearly 1,500 Sidney “Chief” Dauphin Educational Outreach Seminars. And, approximately, 30,000 individuals have been impacted at health fairs and back to school events by Gift of Life Don’t Smoke Your Life Away Programming, focused on educating the public on the tragic risks of tobacco use. Many more events, services and initiatives currently play vital roles in elevating health awareness in the seven Southeast Texas counties served by the Gift of Life.