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Western Wayne Receives Grant from American Cancer Society and NFL

Friday, October 28, 2016  
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Inkster, Mich., October 21, 2016


Women will be treated to a “Girls Day Out” with vital health screenings, pampering, fun, crafts, food, gifts, prizes, health information and get transported to get their mammograms in a pink party bus at A Crucial Catch Day party at Western Wayne Family Health Centers (WWFHC) in Inkster.  On Tuesday October 25, 2016, the event will be from 9am to 5pm, and also features a live remote radio broadcast with Randi Myles from Praise 102.7.


The National Football League’s A Crucial Catch Initiative has provided another year of funding to support increased access to breast cancer education and screening resources in underserved communities through the American Cancer Society.


As part of its Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) initiative, the American Cancer Society has awarded a $50,000 grant to WWFHC to continue efforts to provide education, outreach and navigation, and help individuals access breast cancer screenings in the Detroit area.  This is the second year WWFHC has received this grant.


Detroit is one of 32 cities to have a grant recipient now focused on reducing the unequal burden of cancer by educating women on the importance of regular mammograms. Western Wayne plans to reach out to women to educate them about reducing their risk of breast cancer and guide women to low- or no-cost breast cancer screening resources. 

“There are a lot of misconceptions about getting mammograms in our community—especially with African American women”, says Linda Atkins, CEO of Western Wayne Family Health Centers. “By making the day fun and about empowerment, we hope to get more women to get their mammogram, put their health first, and learn that there is nothing to be afraid of.  Early detection saves lives!”   


The grant also will be used to support “A Crucial Catch Day,” a community health event on Tuesday, October 25, at WWFHC-Inkster. The event will enable local women to receive mammograms and clinical breast exams and will feature fun activities, a party bus ride for the women to their mammograms, a visit from the Detroit Lions wives and mascot “Roary” and more.


Disparities predominantly arise from inequities in work, wealth, income, education, housing, and overall standard of living, as well as social barriers to high-quality cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services. The Society collaborates with community health system partners to reach individuals in communities with higher burdens of cancer and limited access to cancer screening.


Since 2012, CHANGE grants funded by the NFL have been awarded to community health system partners to provide education, outreach, navigation and access to breast cancer screening within communities experiencing an unequal burden of the disease. These community partners have provided more than 260,000 outreach and education engagements and have contributed to more than 120,000 breast cancer screenings provided at low or no cost. This life-changing work continues in 2016 with the goal to provide breast cancer education and screening resources to more women. The Society’s vision is a world free from the pain and suffering of breast cancer and all cancers, and prevention and early detection programs such as the CHANGE grant program helps to eliminate breast cancer health disparities.


The NFL’s A Crucial Catch initiative is funded by the NFL and its fans and partners, with the majority of the contribution coming from the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness-identified pink merchandise and also via the NFL Auction website. The American Cancer Society is the sole beneficiary of the net proceeds from merchandise sales and auctions. The NFL does not profit from the sale or auction of pink merchandise. For more information, visit


About the American Cancer Society:


The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 23 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit


About Western Wayne Family Health Centers:


Western Wayne Family Health Centers was established in 2005 to meet the health needs of theuninsured and underinsured of out-Wayne County.  With clinics now in Inkster, Taylor and Lincoln Park, WWFHC provided over 14,000 people with primary medical care, pediatrics, OB/GYN, general dentistry and integrated behavioral health.  All services are available on a sliding fee scale based on income, insurance application counselors can help people apply for coverage, and all Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan policies are accepted, as well as most other health insurance.  Go to or our Facebook page for more information.


Source: Western Wayne Family Health Center

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