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Gloria Gemma Donates to Rhode Island’s Women’s Cancer Screening Program

PAWTUCKET, RI – The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting the first annual Pink Ribbon Tea at the State House and presented a check to the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Women’s Cancer Screening Program (WCSP), in the amount of $17,760, from the sale of the Ribbon of Hope license plate.

This is the second check given from the sale of license plates, which hit the road in September of last year. The initial check was for $18,500. With a one-time fee of $41.50 for the license plate, $20.00 from each license plate is donated to WCSP and $21.50 covers the production costs. The Foundation receives no money from the sale of this specialty plate; in fact, it actually costs the local organization to process the orders. In addition, the Foundation has been providing support to the WCSP since 2011, and to-date has given the state organization over $86,000.

The WCSP has provided no-cost pelvic exams, Pap tests, HPV tests, clinical breast exams and mammograms to eligible Rhode Island women since 1995. They also cover the cost of many diagnostic tests. And, with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, WCSP made changes to its program to help eligible insured women pay their deductibles and co-insurances for procedures related to breast and/or cervical follow-up diagnostic care.

“The need for the type of assistance that the Women’s Cancer Screening Program provides is great in Rhode Island. We are contacted often by Rhode Island women who need this kind the types of services they [WCSP] provide,” said executive director of the Foundation, Maria Gemma.

For more information on the foundation and how to purchase a Ribbon of Hope license plate, please visit www.gloriagemma.org.

Gloria Gemma Announces New England’s First Free All Cancers Expo

PAWTUCKET, RI – The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation is excited to announce their first free health and wellness expo called Your Passport to Survivorship + Wellness. New England’s only ALL cancers conference is open to all survivors, their loved ones, and anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle. The expo will take place at the Renaissance Downtown Providence Hotel and at the VETs Memorial Auditorium from 10am-4pm on October 3rd. Although it is an all day event, interested attendees can come at any time to receive a wealth of information and are encouraged to attend the evening events near the State House; Illuminations of Life: Hope Torch Procession and the festival at the Celebration Village.

Your Passport to Survivorship + Wellness gives access to 50+ organizations specializing in health, wellness and cancer care. There will be the Patient/Survivor Connections Lounge where attendees can share their stories and connect. The Interactive Health Zone invites attendees to take part in health screenings and receive information on fitness and survivorship. The Nutrition Lab promotes healthy eating habits and how to prepare healthy foods from nutritionists as well as various local restaurants.

In the main theater of The VETs Memorial Auditorium, a Wellness Link will take place where a diverse number of speakers will give short lectures on different topics related to breast cancer and survivorship. Your Passport to Survivorship + Wellness will also feature three renowned keynote speakers Geralyn Lucas, author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy & Then Came Life, Barbara Musseer, author of Sexy After Cancer and Michael Samuelson, author of Beyond Cancer Survival: Living a Life of Thrival & Voices from the Edge.

Sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Astra Zeneca, Radiology Associates Greystone, Ava Anderson Nontoxic, Women’s Medicine Collaborative of Lifespan, MN Law Offices, South County Hospital, Southcoast Health and Whole Foods.

Executive Director of the foundation, Maria Gemma Corcelli is overjoyed and believes that “Your Passport to Survivorship + Wellness has something for everyone. No matter what kind of cancer someone has been affected by, they share a common bond, and this expo will have all the resources under one roof to help those affected move forward. We are looking forward to a large group.”

To preregister for the expo or for more information, visit www.flamesofhoperi.com.

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