The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. has been on the front line raising awareness of breast cancer issues in the First State for the past 25 years. On Tuesday, November 22, the agency received a gift to help further its mission in the form of a $10,000 grant from Perdue, through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.
The grant was presented during a midday ceremony at Perdue’s processing plant in Milford amid the backdrop of the Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS) Van and Perdue’s onsite Wellness Center, where associates have access to quality, affordable health care. The unit was there to provide screening mammograms to Perdue associates.
The $10,000 Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant will go towards funding the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s ¡VIDA!™ Bilingual Health and Wellness Program. ¡VIDA!™ is a multicultural event focused on breast cancer screening, treatment, and survivorship. It began in 2011 as a bilingual (Spanish/English) educational event that has grown to include all backgrounds and ethnicities, and offers programs to women, men, and children at various sites throughout the year.
Perdue has partnered with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition throughout the years to provide health and wellness programs to benefit Perdue associates, their families and the community. The Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van regularly comes to Perdue sites in Milford and Georgetown to provide free and low-cost mammograms, along with bilingual support to employees. The van is a collaborative effort between the State of Delaware and Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS), a subsidiary of DBCC. The van is owned by Delaware Public Health and the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition holds the operating contract.
“Perdue and the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition have had a long-standing and wonderful relationship,” said Dean Walston, director of Perdue Milford operations. “The programs that they facilitate save lives and we are honored to partner with them again to make sure all of our neighbors have access to these tools and screenings.”