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SIGN UP NOW! Mobile mammography unit coming to News 18

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 Eau Claire (WQOW)- A mini-motorcycle rally in Eau Claire Tuesday featured a big donation.

You may remember Angie Gibbs-Thomas. She's the driving force behind "Ridin' for a Reason". To date the annual motorcycle ride has raised $70,000 to fight the most common cancer in women, breast cancer.  On Tuesday, Angie handed over another $15,000 donation to Marshfield Clinic.  
 Money raised by the ride has gone to support a fleet of mobile mammography units allowing Marshfield Clinic to provide on the spot mammograms. These units can reach remote and rural locations where access to mammography screening is limited.  

"Women too often are afraid to go and get something done, or they don't have the funds to do it, or it's not convenient," says Angie. "So if you can just get screened, if we can make that a little bit easier for someone, and we can take a little worry or concern from them -- Who wouldn't want to do that, right?"

And News 18 has some very exciting news to share, we are partnering with the Marshfield Clinic to bring mobile mammography to the News 18 parking lot. We want you to come visit us on Friday, October 3rd and get screened! It is so very important for anyone over the age of 40 to have a mammogram.  

All you need to do beforehand is pick a time, by registering with Marshfield Clinic. Appointments are in 1/2 hour time slots and will begin at 9 a.m. on October 3rd. To reserve a time, or for other questions, the number to call is 715-221-6086.

Additional Information about Marshfield Clinic's Mobile Mammography Units:
* The key to stemming breast cancer mortality is early detection through regular mammograms. Unfortunately, access to mammography service is very limited in the small, rural Wisconsin communities served by Marshfield Clinic. Less than 20% of the mammography sites in Wisconsin are in the northern half of the State. Distance to screening sites, inconvenience, lack of access - all compounded by relative poverty - translate into below-average breast cancer screening rates, and subsequently higher death rates for women living in rural Wisconsin.

* Marshfield Clinic developed the first mobile mammography unit in Wisconsin, and one of the first in the country in 1999. Mobile mammography units can travel to virtually any remote location –parking lots, public health events, or even farm fields - offering access, immediacy, convenience, flexibility, and digital imaging quality. In 2013, three units logged more than 100,000 miles and provided screening and diagnostic breast imaging for more than 7,000 Wisconsin women. Many reported they would not have gotten screened had it not been for the convenience of the mobile unit. During the same time period, 38 women were diagnosed with cancer through the mobile mammography service.

* The total cost to put a new unit on the road is $500,000. It includes the cost of a truck, trailer, digital mammography equipment, generators, as well as HVAC equipment to ensure constant humidity and temperature (despite Wisconsin's notorious 150 degree swing between frigid winters and hot/humid summers).

* Philanthropy has played a major role in getting all three mobile mammography units on the road. Security Health Plan, Furniture and Appliance Mart, American Family Insurance in partnership with Deanna Favre and the Green Bay Packers, Cenex and countless others through volunteer-led special events like Ridin' for a Reason and various pink ribbon promotions have provided more than $1.5 million to help fight breast cancer by supporting Marshfield Clinic's mobile mammography program.

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