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Ladies Night Out

Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013, 03:09 PM EDT
An Asheville woman says her breast cancer was detected and treated because of the kindness of others.

Today in Health Alert, News 13's Jay Siltzer tells us how a local program is opening the door for screening nearly all uninsured and under-insured women in Buncombe County.

Free mammograms through the Ladies Night Out program in Buncombe County save lives.

Wanda Anderson, Buncombe County Health Services, "we do not want any woman that is in need of a mammogram to go without it."

Ingrid Hansen, Mission Foundation, "the goal of the program is to remove all obstacles to getting a mammogram whether that's income or unable to get to the mammogram; we offer rides."

Rhonda Wellmon, breast cancer survivor, "without this program, I wouldn't be here today to do this interview today.  I was a single parent two children at home, I could not afford insurance."

And she couldn't believe the breast cancer diagnosis that left her tense and facing treatments.

Leslie Devine, RN, Mission Oncology Nurse, "I think when people come here as a new patient what I say to them is we're going to make this as comfortable and easy for them as possible."

Rhonda, "they set up the medicaid; they set up the appointments; they did everything I needed them to do at the time so I could just concentrate on getting better."

The Ladies Night Out program began seven years ago as a partnership between Mission Health, the Mission Foundation, and Buncombe County Health and Human Services.

The screenings are provided in the evening. For more information, call (828) 250-6006.Ladies Night Out

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