POMEROY — The Meigs County Cancer Initiative is looking for new members to help those who are battling cancer and help in the prevention of cancer.
Founded in 1993, MCCI works to address cancer health disparities in collaboration with several health and human services organizations.
The objective of the coalition is to increase awareness, provide education, and promote cancer prevention and the importance of early detection for long-term survival.
The grassroots efforts help residents to become more aware of when and where to seek screening, how to navigate through an increasingly complex healthcare system, and where to turn for community resources and support.
Among the supports for those battling cancer are gas and food cards for those traveling for treatments. Those vouchers are purchased in Meigs County, for gas stations and restaurants which can also be found in areas where individuals are receiving treatment.
Included in MCCI is Pink with Purpose, an organization which works specifically with breast cancer.
Pink with Purpose provides assistance to reduce financial barriers, help to find a primary care physician, assistance with scheduling of appointments, transportation assistance, breast health education and women’s health days.
Included in Pink with Purpose is assistance with mammograms for eligible underinsured or uninsured women. Pink with Purpose is funded in part by a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The next Pink with Purpose Women’s Health Day is scheduled for Nov. 21 in Tuppers Plains.
The next meeting for the organization is Monday, Nov. 7 at noon in the conference room of the Meigs County Health Department. The meeting runs from noon-1 p.m. and is typically held the first Monday of each month.
For more information on MCCI contact 740-992-5469, email [email protected] or message MCCI on Facebook.