LA PORTE – Vouchers are still available to cover the cost of mammograms and some diagnostic follow-up procedures for women in La Porte & Starke County that fit the criteria. The vouchers are for low-income, uninsured or underinsured women age 40 and older, and women of any age who are at high risk for breast cancer. Individuals should contact their physician’s office to see if they qualify for a free mammogram voucher, and for a referral. Any healthcare provider in La Porte or Starke County may request a voucher for their patients by contacting La Porte Hospital Foundation by email email@example.com.
Since 2005, La Porte Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Project has sought grants and contributions to create a comprehensive effort for early detection of breast cancer in our communities. The La Porte Hospital Foundation, on behalf of La Porte & Starke community members, was awarded a grant from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT), Inc.
IBCAT funds the grant through the sale of the state’s breast cancer awareness license plates. Since the plate was first made available in 2002, the program has funded more than 16,000 screening mammograms for underserved Hoosier women, and awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to support the programs.
The mission of the IBCAT is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening and diagnosis throughout Indiana. All Indiana residents may purchase an Indiana breast cancer awareness license plate by visiting their local Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch or the BMV website at in.gov/bmv. Of the $40 specialty plate fee, $25 is a direct tax-deductible donation to the IBCAT. The plate can be purchased for use on passenger cars, trucks and recreational vehicles up to 11,000 pounds, and motorcycles.
The Indiana breast cancer awareness license plate was the brainchild of the late Nancy Jaynes, a Plymouth High School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. Nancy lost her battle with breast cancer in 2008. Her vision that the license plate be a traveling billboard and reminder about the importance of early detection and prevention of breast cancer is alive and making a difference to thousands of Hoosiers. For more information on IBCAT, call 866.724.2228 or visit breastcancerplate.org.