Curves of Delta, a locally owned women's fitness facility, is observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by holding a fundraiser for Delta Doves, a local organization that provides scholarships for breast imaging examinations. Various businesses in Delta will be selling and displaying pink ribbons at a cost of $1 each throughout the month of October.
These businesses have been challenged to sell more ribbons than their competitors in the areas of styling salons, restaurants, spirits and wine retailers, rental centers and retail sales. Winners in each category will be announced at the end of the month. Any business that has not yet been contacted and wishes to join in the fun can call Curves at 874-8058.
"Curves' mission is to strengthen women through health and fitness, and Delta Doves' mission is to maintain the health and well-being of women in the community, so we make a great team," said Donna Deleff, co-owner and office manager of Curves at 45 West 3rd Street in Delta. "Our corporation is named the Determined Women of Delta, LLC, and we are determined to see to it that women in our area who need this imaging can have it. No cancer should go undetected because of cost," said Carol Phelps, co-owner of Curves.
Delta Doves (the Delta Organization of Volunteers to Educate and Support) exists for the sole purpose of raising funds to assist women under age 50 in Delta County who are uninsured or who otherwise cannot afford a breast imaging examination. Women over 50 may obtain assistance through a separate government-funded program.
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Since its inception in 1998, Delta Doves has paid for several hundred breast imaging examinations. Following a professional exam at a physician's office or the Delta County Health Department, women may qualify for a free mammogram based on their financial need. For more information, contact the Delta County Health Department at 874-2165.