MASON — Local women could benefit from a recent donation to the Mason County Health Department by a group of walkers.
The four-woman team, known as the “Mountain Tatas,” recently made the donation to health department Nurse Manager Jennifer Thomas. Making up the team are Shayla Blackshire, Michelle Hart, Jessi Roush and Jenny Howard.
The women had planned to complete a 30-mile cancer walk in Georgia in 2020, as they had done before. Due to COVID-19, however, the event was changed to a virtual version.
With proceeds from a t-shirt sale, the team decided to give back to the community, since the community supports the members in their fundraising efforts, according to Blackshire. She added the Georgia cancer walk raises money for research.
“We hope to be a small help with this research,” Blackshire said. “Supporting breast health is very important to us because of our family and friends.”
Thomas said the donation will go to the breast and cervical cancer prevention program at the state level. If a local woman needs assistance, they can get it through enrolling in the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund program. She said the fund is for women who do not have insurance, or their insurance does not cover the full amount of services.
“We hope that by giving to the Mason County Health Department, that others may want to donate as well,” Blackshire said.
Those wishing to donate can contact the health department at 304-675-3050.
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