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Mammogram Mobile Unit to Visit Owyhee Produce

Blake Branen Rosencrantz - Friday, December 28, 2012
The St. Alphonsus Mobile Health Screening Coach will be visiting Owyhee Produce on January 3, 2012, with appointments for mammogram and bone density screenings starting at 9:00 a.m. for employees and the community. The specially equipped mobile unit travels and provides these screenings in colaboration with hospitals and clinics in outlying communities across Southwest Idaho and The Treasure Valley. The mobile service creates easy access to screening technology that aids in the early detection of breast cancer. For the three generations of Froerer family farmers who own and operate Owyhee Produce, the topic of breast cancer is one that hits close to home. Tragedy struck the Froerer family in July of 2011 when Randy Froerer, son of Owyhee Produce founder Owen Froerer, was killed in an accident and his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after. “After my brother, Randy, passed, before we were even able to have the funeral, his wife found a lump in her breast,” Robin Froerer said. “The next year a very difficult one. Fighting breast cancer and the sudden death of Randy made my entire family stop and think just how precious life is and how quickly everything can change – some changes we can monitor, others we cannot. Why let the changes that can be detected early, while they are still small, go unchecked?” Owyhee Produce wants to help make these screenings more accessible for those who may be too busy to take the time to drive to Boise, ID for a screening. “I understand women are busy working, running a household, being a mother, a sister, friend… you name it; we are busy people nowadays.” Robin Froerer said. “But we need to take time to take care of ourselves.” It is estimated that about 39,510 women will have died from breast cancer in 2012.  While this national statistic is decreasing in number each year due to early preventive measures, here in the Treasure Valley only 25 to 35 percent of women who need mammograms are getting this life-saving medical screening. Owyhee Produce is dedicated to helping to increase the number of women being screened in its community. The Froerer family strongly urges people to make time to come to the onion packing facility on the farm on January 3 to get screened. As Robin Froerer so powerfully puts it, “No more excuses! Just get it done,” Froerer said. “Inviting the mammogram mobile to our farm is just one way we want to help our community – by making it as easy as possible for anyone to have access to a screening that could save their life.” For those interested in visiting Owyhee Produce on January 3 for a screening, please call (208) 739-2430. The service can be billed to medical insurance. Grants are available for low-income women between the ages of 35 and 64 who do not have health insurance. More information on the St. Alphonsus Mobile Mammogram Unit can be found athttp://www.saintalphonsus.org/breastcare-mobilemam.html.
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