Region 5 health care raffle

40_bcquilt2010Women from Pondera, Teton,  Toole, Glacier and Liberty Counties and the Blackfeet Reservation who represent Region 5 of the Montana Cancer Control Program (formerly the Montana Breast and Cervical Health Program) have completed a beautiful new quilt.

The theme of this year’s quilt is “Wish Upon a Star”.

Each block contains a star of different design which has been created with love in honor of friends, relatives, or all women battling breast cancer.

The quilt was sewn together by Cheryl Aklestad of Shelby, quilted by Lorrie Siebrecht of Coulee Quilts and Crafts in Cut Bank and the binding was sewn on by Rona Matheson of Conrad.

The quilt, accompanied by a photo album of the blocks, will be touring the region until May when the winner will be drawn at a special regional dinner.  The winner of the quilt also receives a copy of the album.

Raffle tickets cost $1 each or six tickets for $5, and are available at your local county health department, businesses that are displaying the quilt or from coalition members.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets contact the Pondera County Health Department (PCHD) at 271-3247.

This raffle will raise money for the Region 5 Health Screening Fund which assists women who do not qualify for the Montana Cancer Control Program (MCCP) with medical bills related to breast and cervical cancer screenings recommended by their medical provider.

Assistance depends on the availability of funds. Please contact your local health department for information and applications.

The (MCCP) provides breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening tests, as well as patient education.

Women 50 years or older qualify for annual mammograms, clinical breast exams and regular pap tests.

Women 30 years and older qualify for regular pap tests, and men and women over 50 qualify for colonoscopy or stool tests to detect colorectal cancer.

Women who are diagnosed with breast and/or cervical cancer in the MCCP can apply to a treatment program which assists in paying for their cancer treatment. Please call the PCHD at 271-3247 to see if you qualify.

Region 5 of the MCCP is always seeking volunteers for our coalition to help with fund-raising and outreach activities to educate others on the importance of cancer screening and prevention.

Please contact your local health department for more information.