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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.—October 10, 2013—Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the US each year, and mammography is the most effective way to find this cancer in its earliest most treatable stages. Unfortunately finances keep many women from receiving this annual exam, and finding breast cancer early. Although mammograms are covered by health insurance, nearly 30,000 women in Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties between the ages of 18 and 65 are uninsured.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the White-Wilson Community Foundation (WWCF) is partnering with the Okaloosa County Health Department and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to help raise money for local women in need of mammograms and follow up diagnostic care.

"The WWCF wants to help give women in our community a fighting chance against breast cancer," said Marjorie Cummins, White-Wilson Community Foundation President. "Throughout the month of October we are seeking donations to help provide mammograms for women in our community. Every dollar donated helps."

The Health Department will use 100 percent of the funds to provide mammograms to women in need, and will work with the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to cover the costs of any necessary follow-up care. The Foundation is asking you to partner with them and help raise money for this cause!

It is recommended that women get a screening mammogram at the age of 35, and then every year after the age of 40. The earlier cancer is detected, the better chance a woman has of surviving. To donate a mammogram or a portion of a mammogram, please visit

About the White-Wilson Community Foundation:
The White-Wilson Community Foundation was formed in 2012 to help improve health care in Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties through service and education. The Foundation believes it is important to educate the community on the importance of preventive health care and to support organizations and charities in the community that provide health services to individuals in need. For more information, please visit