The Ellen Shaw de Paredes Breast Cancer Foundation works to raise the bar in early detection of breast cancer through education, research and care for the underserved through its free mammography outreach program.
The foundation has paired with several free clinics in the area, as well as the Bon Secours and HCA health systems and the Paredes Institute, to provide free mammography and a comprehensive workup, which would include more testing, if a problem is detected. "We have spent time and effort building a network so women with abnormal mammograms won't have to worry about getting treated and paying for the treatment," Paredes says.
On Oct. 18, the foundation plans to hold its annual Ellen's Hope Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon at The Jefferson Hotel beginning at noon. Paredes will speak about "Dense Breast Tissue: Why Does It Matter?" and Bobby Thalhimer of The Community Foundation will share personal remarks titled, "Lisa's Story — In Her Own Words." Tickets for the luncheon are $30, with proceeds supporting the mammography outreach effort and a fellowship in breast imaging. For more information, call 523-3209.