The Race Against Breast Cancer
The Race Against Breast Cancer has only had two employees in its history. It strives to keep its overhead costs low to pay for screening and diagnostic mammograms for northeast Kansans in need.
Dawn Robertson said she was drawn to the organization’s commitment to keeping its resources in the area to pay for Kansans’ mammograms when she became its administrator in 2004. She said the nonprofit’s mission is focused on screenings and diagnoses.
“They are passionate about seeing breast cancer caught in its early stages,” Robertson said.
Robertson said the organization’s clients often have lost their insurance coverage or have insurance that won’t pay for screenings. Some men have called the organization after finding a suspicious breast lump and learning their insurance wouldn’t cover a mammogram.
“Our organization exists to help those people,” she said.
The Race Against Breast Cancer pays for about 600 mammograms a year and has helped more than 8,000 northeast Kansans since the organization was founded. Sometimes, Robertson said, clients will call back after their mammogram.
“‘Thank you for that mammogram. It caught my cancer at a stage two,’” she said, recalling a client’s comment. “That is so rewarding. That’s better than a paycheck.”
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