Grand Island, NE -- The number of women tested for breast cancer in Central Nebraska is not what it should be. So local groups are coming together to raise money for screenings during Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The Central District Health Department is teaming with the Grace Foundation to raise money for mammograms.
"We were one of the seven sites that was indicated that women were not receiving mammograms who were eligible to receive them so our job as a public health entity is to create the kind of awareness. One out of eight women, during their lifetime, will get breast cancer," said Jane Miller, a Community Health Nurse at the Health Department.
The Fire Department joined in as well due to frequency of cancer among firefighters.
"October's dubbed the Breast Cancer Awareness Month and so it just makes it that much easier to plug in and really raise money during the month of October," said Fredrick Benzel, a Grand Island Fire Fighter at Station #1.
Testing for breast cancer is something that can save a woman's life.
Miller said, "If detected early, the five year survival rate for those women is 98 percent so you can certainly survive. But if diagnosed later, it's only 27 percent survival rate."
Lisa Willman is living proof testing is important.
"I was only 38 when I was diagnosed so it was before, mammograms are recommended of course at age 40. I've got 3 daughters so they will start mammograms a lot earlier most and teaching them early about awareness and what they can do to prevent," said Willman, a founder of the Grace Foundation.
Those involved with the Pink Out movement say something they were very impressed with was the overall community support it received.
"I have seen a few out and about just around town and we've sold quite a few I believe," said Benzel.
The community is thanked for its efforts by keeping all funds in the area.
Willman said, "Every dollar was raise stays local to help cancer patients and their families with expenses that maybe insurance doesn't meet."