Missouri First Lady Melanie Blunt presented a $20,000 check recently to Bruce Jenkins, manager of the state health department's Show-Me Healthy Women program, as part of the Missouri Women's Council's effort to provide funds for early breast cancer detection services for uninsured or underinsured women.
Blunt made the check presentation at the Missouri Governor's Mansion. Annual proceeds from the state's pink breast cancer awareness license plates are given to the Show-Me Healthy Women program.
"I am pleased to present this check to Show-Me Healthy Women and I applaud them for their ongoing work to encourage Missouri women to get breast and other services," Blunt said. "Like many Missouri families, my family has been touched by breast cancer. Doctor visits coupled with regular self-examinations can help save lives, and we are fortunate to have a collaborative effort among various state agencies to help deliver such a vitally important message."
Show-Me Healthy Women collaborates with the Missouri Department of Health's Family Support Division to provide free breast and cervical screening services to eligible low-income, underinsured or uninsured women aged 35-64.
Since the pink breast cancer awareness license plates became available in October 2002, hundreds of license plates have sold and new applications are processed daily. Funds raised through sales of these license plates are used solely to provide breast cancer services to eligible Missouri women between the ages of 40 and 49.
Individuals who wish to support this effort can make a tax-deductible donation of $25 or more to the Friends of the Missouri Women's Council by sending a check to: Pink Plate, P.O. Box 1684, Jefferson City, MO 65102, along with a completed application which is available online at www.womenscouncil.org or by phone at 573-751-0810.
The Missouri Women's Council works closely with other agencies and community based organizations to promote the well being of women in Missouri. Located within the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the council was created by statute in 1985 to identify issues affecting the economic and employment status of Missouri women. The Missouri Women's Council has 15 members, two from the Missouri House of Representatives, two from the Missouri State Senate and 11 appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt.