Albemarle Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit tax exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The greatest risk factors for getting breast cancer are being a woman and aging. We all have a mother, sister, daughter, wife, or friend who has been affected by breast cancer. 97% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in the earliest stage survive the disease. Only 21% survive if the disease is diagnosed in the most advanced stage. (North Carolina Central Cancer Registry, April 2003)
All women aged 40 and over should get a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year. Women at particularly high risk should talk with their doctor about more frequent screening and starting screening earlier.
The Waterway 5k Run Walk is organized to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for women who can not afford to have a screening mammogram.The proceeds from the Waterway5k go to the Albemarle Hospital Foundation and are earmarked for women (and men) in the seven county service area (Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans) who cannot afford a mammogram.
Any healthcare provider can refer a person to the Albemarle Hospital Foundation Community Care Clinic for determination of financial eligibility for a free screening mammogram.