WAXAHACHIE – Local breast cancer survivor and crusader, Dinah Weable, is quickly closing the gap to 1,000 paid-for mammograms thanks to years of community support. The most recent of those monetary gifts came Tuesday from Lone Star Western Wear.
“In 2016 was the most we paid for – 145 [mammograms] in a year. We are at 919 for the years we have been providing this, since 2007. We are pretty sure we are going to break 1,000 this year, and we are just trying to figure out what to do as a celebration,” Weable stated.
On Tuesday, Jan 17., Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors nonprofit accepted a charitable contribution from Lone Star Western Wear’s General Manager, Darlene Rose, to join the fight against the life-threatening disease.
The American Cancer Society estimates about 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer live in the U.S., and 88 percent of deaths occurred in women of the age of 50 and older. Bringing health awareness to the community, Weable is hot on the trail, raising funds to bring hope to women all over the Ellis County.
“In October of every year, we have the Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors event, which is a luncheon that is free of charge to any breast cancer survivor and a companion, whether it’s her husband, friend, someone who helped her through her journey. We depend on the merchants, people like the Waxahachie Fire Department, to support us through donations all year long. That’s the way we’re able to do the mammograms. Now, the luncheon is underwritten by Interbank, but all of our donations go to pay for mammograms for uninsured women,” Weable stated.
Although the statistics are intimidating, Weable’s organization gives women, who are uninsured, the ability to receive a mammogram and radiology through one of their partner’s, Hope Clinic. Little by little, Weable’s team is decreasing the unknown risk and alerting those with breast cancer to early treatment.
“There were two or three diagnosed with breast cancer after the mammogram in the last year. We do know that we are bound to save some lives," Weable added. "It doesn’t matter who it is, and the main thing is – it has done what we’ve set out to do. It isn’t the end of the road when they find out they have cancer. There is a place to go and get treatment. We’re just blessed to be able to do what we have."
Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer