BMX for Breast Cancer race on Sunday |

BMX for Breast Cancer race on Sunday

South Lake Tahoe BMX will present the fifth annual BMX for Breast Cancer on Sunday at the BMX track, 1100 Lyons Ave. Sign-up is from 1 to 2 p.m.

The race fee is $10 and track bucks will not be accepted at this race. Proceeds will benefit the BMX mammogram fund at Barton Memorial Hospital. The event will include food and raffles.

For more information call (530) 542-9337 or the track cell phone at (530) 545-1024.

The incidence of breast cancer diagnosis has increased from one to eight women in 2005 to one in seven in 2006, while the number of women surviving the disease has increased.

This is largely due to the increased awareness and education in recent years regarding the importance of early detection and treatment. Both are key to surviving the disease. In addition, there are many programs available that provide financial assistance to those in need of a mammogram.

The South Lake Tahoe BMX Association created the BMX mammogram fund in 2002 and has provided nearly 50 women in the community with mammograms. These are women who meet a set of criteria that other programs do not cover.

The criteria are:

n No insurance or under-insured

n Does not qualify for medi-cal/Medicaid

n Has a physicians order for a mammogram

n Must be a resident of designated service area covered by Barton Memorial Hospital.

The BMX mammogram fund is supported through the annual BMX for Breast Cancer event at both South Lake Tahoe and Carson City BMX. Together, these two facilities have raised nearly $10,000 in the four years since its inception. However, anyone can donate to the fund and it is available all year, not just in October.

To obtain an application, get more information or donate to the fund, contact the Barton Health Resource Center at (530) 543-5518. Applications are also available at the Family Resource Center, El Dorado Public Health Department and Barton Community Clinic.

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