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Mobile mammogram van visits Hoonah
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HOONAH - The mobile mammogram van will visit Hoonah starting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, with appointments running through afternoon on Friday, Aug. 24.
In addition, there will be an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, at the Hoonah Schools parking lot. At the open house, people will be able to tour the mobile mammogram van. They also will have a chance to meet Gail Spensley, the mobile mammography technician for Bartlett Regional Hospital, and Litia Garrison, a health educator with the SEARHC women's health programs.
Women wanting to schedule a mammogram should call Carlie Brown of the Hoonah Medical Center at 945-3235. Women who aren't due for a screening for a couple of months also should call, because it's possible the mobile mammogram van might be able to fit you in for an exam.
Women with no insurance and/or a limited income may be eligible for a free mammogram. To find out if you qualify for a free mobile mammogram, contact the Hoonah Medical Center or call the SEARHC Breast and Cervical Health Program at 1-888-388-8782. All women wanting a mammogram will need to arrange to have a current clinical breast exam (done within the past six months) before they schedule their mammogram appointment.
The mobile mammography program is run through a partnership between Bartlett Regional Hospital and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Breast and Cervical Health Program. Enrollments in the SEARHC WISEWOMAN cardiovascular health program also will be available when the mobile mammogram van is in Hoonah.
Anna Scharen fundraiser
After Anna Scharen, 12, of Juneau, was diagnosed with a golf-ball-size tumor on her brain on Aug. 11, she was referred to the Children's Hospital, in Seattle, Wash., for surgery to have the tumor removed. Scharen immediately took the Life Flight while her family followed behind. She has survived the surgery and is doing well. The doctor said the tumor was benign, but Scharen is waiting for the biopsy results to confirm that. There will be a fundraiser for Scharen and her family, during the Juneau Youth Football League Round Robin games, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
There will be a bake sale and 50/50 raffle.
A bank account, named "Praying for Anna," for Scharen and her family was opened at Key Bank of Alaska. The family appreciates donations to help with medical costs and help with the family while they take time from work to help with Scharen's rehabilitation. Any questions, contact Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 364-2551, or Kari at email@example.com.
Benefit dinner for Helping Hands
JUNEAU - Helping Hands of Juneau is hosting their annual benefit dinner and auction, with dinner at 5 p.m., live auction at 6 p.m. and silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m., on Saturday at Valley Chapel, 9741 Mendenhall Loop Road.
The event will feature items for sale, grabbags for children ($5 each) and an all-you-can-eat buffet. Cost is $10.
For more information, call 789-4390 or visit the Helping Hands of Juneau Web site at home.onemain.com/~helpinghandsjuneau/.