Residents in central Alabama will now have easier access to key health care services thanks to Driving HOPE (Health, Outreach, Prevention and Education), a new mobile cancer screening and education unit that Montgomery Cancer Center is putting into place.
Montgomery Cancer Center medical professionals will staff the 37-foot unit that will provide underserved communities with cancer screenings, outreach, prevention and education services. Driving HOPE will serve low-income, rural, minority and vulnerable populations in Autauga, Bullock, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike and Wilcox counties. Driving HOPE will also be available at many community events throughout the Montgomery metro area.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), cancer is the second leading cause of death in the state. Driving Hope will perform crucial early detection screenings along with supplemental education, including visual models that depict signs of cancer inside the body. Early detection is crucial in the fight against cancer and Driving HOPE will provide that for thousands of Alabamians.
Sponsoring the effort are Alabama Power Foundation, ALFA Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Daniel Foundation, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and the Joy to Life Foundation. Thanks to these donors, the Baptist Health Care Foundation has already secured nearly $200,000 to help make Driving HOPE a reality. Those interested can learn more at https://baptistfoundation.org.
(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)