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Gift of Life screenings set for Orange this summer

Men in Orange County will get a chance for free medical screenings on Saturday, July 13, with the Julie Rogers Gift of Life program. Plus, women have a chance for free mammograms during special days of the summer.

Norma Sampson, executive director of the Southeast Texas charity, went before Orange County Commissioners Court Tuesday to talk about the group's medical programs because June is National Men's Health Month.

The Gift of Life program provides free screenings, referrals, and help with cancer screenings for people with no health insurance or assistance that provides the screenings.

Sampson the men may also use the screening program if they have insurance, but it does not cover the costs of the screenings.

The July 13 screenings for men will start at 9 a.m. in the lobby of the former hospital on Strickland Drive. She said the tests are non-invasive, with the prostate screening test being able to show whether the man needs more intense testing.

The tests will also include a cholesterol panel, plus checks for infectious disease, blood pressure, and blood glucose. A physician will be on site for consultations, if needed.

Appointments may be made through the website giftoflifebmt.org, or by calling 409-833-3663. Walk-ins will also be welcomed.

Sampson said that not only will the men get free screenings, but they will also get a free lunch along with a $25 HEB gift card.

The Gift of Life also offers free mammograms for people who live in Southeast Texas, have limited income, and do not have private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. The mammograms are usually for those age 40 or older, but exceptions may be made.

The mammograms will be offered on Wednesdays June 12, July 10, August 14, and September 11. The hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be at 610 Strickland Drive, Suite 184, in Orange. More information is available through 409-833-3663, or the website giftoflifebmt.org.


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