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Grant will Help Fund Screenings in LaPorte Co.

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The La Porte Hospital Foundation, on behalf of Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital, was awarded a $13,695 grant from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT).

Through funding from IBCAT, the La Porte Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Project will assist low-income, uninsured women age 40 and older, and women of any age who are at high risk for breast cancer, to receive screening mammograms through a physician’s referral.

The La Porte Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Project is a comprehensive effort for early detection of breast cancer in our communities. The project seeks funding partners in order to support community-wide efforts of the IU Health Women’s Imaging Center related to breast health education, clinical breast exams and mammograms to assist in early detection. The IBCAT grant is a result of these efforts.

Individuals should contact their physician’s office to see if they qualify for a free screening mammogram voucher.

IBCAT funds the grant through the sale of the state’s breast cancer awareness license plates. Since the plate was first made available in 2002, more than $1.1 million has been distributed by the IBCAT through competitively awarded grants to organizations throughout the state for innovative projects for screening mammography services not otherwise available to medically underserved populations in Indiana.

The mission of the IBCAT is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening and diagnosis throughout Indiana. All Indiana residents may purchase an Indiana breast cancer awareness license plate by visiting their local Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch or the BMV website atin.gov/bmv. Of the $40 specialty plate fee, $25 is a direct tax-deductible donation to the IBCAT. The plate can be purchased for use on passenger cars, trucks and recreational vehicles up to 11,000 pounds and motorcycles.

The Indiana breast cancer awareness license plate was the brainchild of the late Nancy Jaynes, a Plymouth High School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. Nancy lost her battle with breast cancer in March of 2008. Her vision that the license plate be a traveling billboard and reminder about the importance of early detection and prevention of breast cancer is alive and making a difference to thousands of Hoosiers.

For more information on IBCAT, call 866.724.2228 or visitbreastcancerplate.org.

For more information about the La Porte Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Project, please contact the Foundation office at 219.326.2471 or toll-free 877.265.4539.

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The La Porte Hospital Foundation supports Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital by promoting healthcare and healthy lifestyles in the community. The Foundation has been a leader in health-related philanthropy since its establishment in 1978 through encouraging charitable giving, developing friendships and educating future leaders. For more information about the Foundation, call 219.326.2471 or toll-free at 877.265.4539, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visitiuhealth.org/laporte/foundation.

Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital, a part of Indiana University Health, has provided leading care to La Porte and the surrounding community for more than 100 years. IU Health La Porte Hospital was designated byU.S.News & World Report as a Best Regional Hospital for 2011–2012 for the specialty of Pulmonology as well as received Magnet® re-designation, recognizing nursing care among the nation’s top 6 percent of hospitals. In addition, hip replacement care was nationally recognized, the stroke program earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers and the cancer program received the 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. To learn more about IU Health La Porte Hospital, visitiuhealth.org/laporte.

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