Jackson church saving the community from breast cancer

Posted at 5:58 PM, Mar 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 07:26:22-04

107 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Jackson County, many of which are late stage.

"Finding out was traumatic. It was devastating," Betty Hall said.

Betty Hall was diagnosed in 1995 and her daughter was diagnosed shortly after.

"I just could not believe it because for all those years, I always had a normal mammogram. Everything was always fine," she added.

So many women have similar stories like Betty Hall.

Lily Missionary Baptist Church and Susan G. Komen Michigan are working to spread awareness in the community.

"We're gonna save Jackson, and that's what we're doing. We're into saving our community," Pastor James Hines said.

The pastor and first lady of Lily Baptist Missionary Baptist Church said it's also important to not only be aware, but know what to do before diagnoses.

That is why they've decided to provide free mammograms with assistance from Mid-Michigan health centers.

"I was contacted by the Komen society, they needed help with a mammography screening program here in Jackson because they were having a problem getting the awareness out there," Matt Rosenburg, Medical Director of Mid-Michigan Health Centers, said.

All it took was one phone call between the church and Rosenburg to launch the free program....a program ... set to continue for years to come.