An Ashley County organization recently donated $24,000 to a cancer research center, bringing its grand total in donations to $437,000 since 2005.
Ashley County Cares, a breast cancer awareness organization, began in 2005 and has since raised more than $400,000 for their cause.
Lori Pennington with ACC said the money raised stays in Arkansas and is donated to the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, earmarked for breast cancer research and awareness.
A portion of the money donated goes to fund a MammoVan, a mammography machine that travels around rural Arkansas and operated by UAMS.
Thirty of Arkansas’ 75 counties do not have a fixed mammography facility and in many places MammoVan is the only screening option.
Last week the group carried a check for $24,000 to the UAMS Winthrop Rockefeller center.
“To top it off, they have added our name Ashley County Cares to the wall of donors that is displayed in the lobby,” Pennington said.
Pennington also said it was an honor for the group to be recognized and that she wants to thank the community on behalf of ACC.
“We want to thank all of the people in Ashley County who have supported our organization through the years, from the bottom of our hearts,” Pennington said.
The group has approximately 18 members who work year around to raise funds.
The group designs and sells T-shirts twice a year and hosts a 5K run and one mile walk during Armadillo Festival in May.
The group’s largest fundraiser is a dinner and auction that they host in October each year.
The group also hosted a breast health expo in October.
“During the expo, women receive important information about women’s health, including the need for mammograms,” ACC’s Facebook page says. “This information also includes information on Breast Care which is an Arkansas created and based organization providing an avenue for women to receive mammograms free of charge and information concerning their health. Also during the expo, certified hospital personnel individually instruct women how to perform complete and precise breast self-examinations.”