Sandra McLemore puts face on program’s mission Last year, Project Mammogram performed more than 2,300 mammograms, more than 470 ultrasounds and more than 150 procedures such as biopsies and surgeries - all for women with little or no help from insurance. Since its inception, the Northeast Hospital Foundation has approved 4,193 applications for services and paid out $344,557 in assistance. On May 4, those who serve as instrumental partners in that effort to provide these lifesaving tests gathered at Olive Garden in Humble to put face on their work and to meet all those working in the various areas of the program. “Speaking for the board and as a member of the community, I want to thank you for the support and the role each of you play in Project Mammogram,” said Northeast Hospital Foundation Board President Norman Funderburk. He also reminded those gathered the statistics they offered were not just numbers. Each represents a person; a life that has been touched, possibly saved; and an entire family that has benefited from the work of the program. “Collectively, through this program, we are all difference-makers. I just want to thank each of you for your support. I thank you for your caring and for making a difference in the lives of members of this community,” said Funderburk. The list of key players in the program included: Janis Fowler and Fran Linton, the Kingwood Women’s Club; Funderburk and Mary Lea Layton Taylor, Northeast Hospital Foundation Board; Lynn Whitehair, Neelofur Ahman-M.D., Janet Salzmann, Toni Schau,- R.N.; Joyce White,- Project Mammogram director; Memorial Hermann Cancer Center Northeast; Tom Broad and Nancy Allen, Memorial Hermann Northeast; Sandra McLemore, Project Mammogram client; Nellie Bulick and Berenice Hutton, volunteers; Adriana Higgins, Susan Komen Foundation; Renae Goines, Texas Health Strength Gulf Coast; Luisa Hart, The Tribune; and Dorothy Gibbons, The Rose. Funderburk said it takes a lot of people’s help to make the dream of health care for all women a reality. He said it takes doctors and nurses volunteering their time, facilities offering space, foundations and civic clubs offering funds. He said it also takes interpreters, the media that gets the message out, as well as special service provider’s who support the program when it comes to the most difficult cases. White introduced the 2009 client of the year. “I can’t ever repay these people for what they, and the program, have done for me,” said McLemore. She said she had a lump in her breast for years, but was busy caring for her mother who has Alzheimer’s Disease. Busy, McLemore put off having the lump checked. “I had worked for the same company for 35 years, but it was a company that provided no insurance benefits,” said McLemore. McLemore was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2008. “The tests confirmed my suspicions,” she said. She began treatments, which include a lumpectomy and chemotherapy. She said she is doing well and expects a full recovery. After the first round of treatments, doctors were unable to find the tumor. “I have two girls and a boy, seven grandchildren, a niece who is like a third daughter, and a host of friends who have supported me. For the most part, I’m able to drive myself to appointments,” said McLemore. She thanked everyone for their part in her recovery and for all the work they do for women in the area. White offered the specifics of what each person present contributed to the well-being of McLemore and women like her. For more information, visit www.northeasthospitalfoundation.org or call 281-540-7817. Photo: On May 4, those who help with Project Mammogram were honored at a luncheon with guest speaker and Project Mammogram client, Sandra McLemore. Photo by Kathy Parks

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