VFW Post 1170 and Auxiliary to Host Mammogram Day
Writer / Debbie Walthall
For more than 30 years, the VFW Post 1170 and Auxiliary members in Middletown have opened their doors to the community for Mammogram Day, provided by Brown Cancer Center, for women 40 and older. In the early years of supporting women’s health screenings, women had their testing completed inside the VFW building with the machines available at that time. Dedicated lifetime Auxiliary members, volunteers and organizers Nancy Garwood and Della McCracken (past Auxiliary president) say those were the days before the state-of-the-art mobile unit that Brown Cancer Center currently provides.
The mobile unit began in 1994. Today Debbie Judd Walthall, past Auxiliary president of six years, and President Sharon Rexroat, are the organizers and volunteers for Mammogram Day at VFW Post 1170. The Auxiliary is proud to partner with Brown Cancer Center to provide a convenient, friendly location to the community for prevention and early detection. The Auxiliary at 1170 in Middletown provides volunteers for the day to help with check-in and required paperwork, working closely with Pam Temple Jennings, cancer control specialist at the Kentucky Cancer Program. The VFW and the Auxiliary were among the first to provide community services with the mobile unit for Kentucky.
The VFW 1170 and Auxiliary continue to be a model for community mammogram screenings. They have been instrumental in creating community screenings, making the event successful year after year, and the Auxiliary is recognized for this event. The Auxiliary enjoys reaching out to the women in the Middletown community, and this is one of the best examples of what they do. The VFW and the Auxiliary continue to provide community outreach.
Mammogram Day is scheduled for November 16 at the VFW Post 1170, located at 107 North Evergreen Road in Louisville, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
For more information and to make appointments, call 502-853-6318. Insurance will be filled as provided. There is a grant program for women without insurance through the Kentucky Department for Public Health, based on income.