To spread awareness about breast cancer for big events in the fall, local health officials are inviting the public to help and enjoy a meal at the same time.
The Sampson County Health Department is sponsoring a hot dog sale to benefit the Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at the department, 360 County Complex Road, Clinton. The cost of one meal is $5 and consist of two hot dogs, chips, cookie and the option of a drink or water. Luke Smith, public health educator, is looking forward to the upcoming fundraiser.
“We would like for everyone to come out and support us,” Smith said. “They’ll have a good lunch at a good price.”
Funds will be used to support the Annual Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Rally and Health Fair in October. The event coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is held in conjunction with the Court Square Street Fair in Downtown Clinton. During the event, it begins at the Sampson County Courthouse and a walk follows. It also includes booths, motivational speakers, door prizes, and a free lunch.
Some of the BCCCP program includes medical history screening, physical examinations, pap testing, annual mammogram, education, counseling and referrals. The group has about 25 active members.
“The group has been around for awhile,” Smith said. “Our main goal and main mission is promoting the awareness of breast cancer, early dedication and screenings.”
The fundraiser on Friday is one of several held during the year. In the fall, the department plans to have a T-shirt fundraiser as well. Another upcoming BCCCP initiative is the Pink Ribbon Campaign. Bookmarks and pink labeled pins are distributed to churches and organizations. It’s another way to promote breast health awareness and the importance of mammograms. The campaigns educates women on breast exams and yearly mammograms, which are suggested to start at 50 years of age.
In January, BCCCP continues their efforts with its Cervical Cancer Awareness campaign through newspaper articles and other education on screenings. Upon request, teal ribbons will be distributed to churches.
For more information about the fundraiser, contact Smith at 910-592-1131, Ext. 4240 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information regarding BCCCP is available at www.sampsonbcccp.org.