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Walkathon raises funds for breast cancer screenings

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To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Breast Education & Early-detection Project (B.E.E.P.) and the Outdoor Recreation Program at Delta State University held the third annual B.E.E.P. Walk-a-thon on Oct. 5 at the DSU Fitness Trail.

The event was attended by 261 participants who walked 827 laps, or the equivalent of 413.5 miles. It was sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Roger Blake and the Blake Surgical Association. Delta Dairy of Cleveland provided samples of ice cream to event participants.

Also partnering for the event were: the College of Education and Human Sciences; Dean of Graduate Studies, Continuing Education and Research; Department of Athletics, HPER; greek organizations; Robert E. Smith School of Nursing; and the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

A special thanks was expressed to volunteers assisting with the event, including: Debbie Allen, Todd Davis, Dr. Beverly Moon,  Nancy Reginelli, Dr. Rose Strahan, and Kimberly Williams. Also assisting with the walk were DSU students Tia Brown, Katie Genneralli,and Liz Hansen from the Outdoor Recreation Program, and Eric Rush from the School of Nursing.

B.E.E.P. focuses on raising awareness of breast cancer and breast health and increasing the number of women who adopt early cancer detection methods. The project has been funded by a grant from the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation since 2008. B.E.E.P. provides breast health education and funding for clinical exams, mammograms, and ultrasounds for women who have limited income, are uninsured or underinsured, and have limited access to preventative healthcare in Bolivar, Sunflower, Washington and surrounding counties.

The walkathon raised $1,000 for B.E.E.P. to utilize, in addition to the grant funds, to provide breast cancer screenings and education.

B.E.E.P. has maintained long-term partnerships with local healthcare facilities and community organizations since 2008. Through March 31, 2016, the project has:

  •  sponsored or participated in over 400 breast cancer awareness events.
  •  reached 21,444 individuals
  •  provided 546 mammograms, 37 ultrasounds and 637 clinical exams
  •  provided 511 transportation stipends to participants to assist with costs of travel for the screenings
  •  referred 72 individuals for further testing after the screenings
  •  assisted in identifying 14 individuals with cancer through additional testing

For more information on B.E.E.P., contact Gail Bailey at 662-846-4008 or gbailey@deltastate.edu.


Walk-a-thon for breast cancer awareness

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Delta State University’s B.E.E.P (Breast Education & Early-detection Project) and the College of Education and Human Science’s Recreation Leadership Program are teaming up to fight breast cancer with an inaugural Walk-a-thon for Breast Cancer Awareness. This event will raise funds to help provide mammograms and education for women in need.

“Walk or jog with us to support breast cancer education and early-detection practices,” said Gail Bailey, B.E.E.P. project coordinator. “Walk as long as you can or as long as you wish. For each completed lap, Sonic Drive-In of Cleveland will donate $0.50 to B.E.E.P., up to $500. The more you walk, the more we earn together to fight breast cancer. Donations will also be accepted from participants.”

The event will be held on Oct. 1 from 4-6 p.m. at the Delta State fitness trail on Maple Street across from the Delta State physical plant. Registration will be held on site. For more information, contact Bailey at 662-207-0262 or gbailey@deltastate.edu, or Todd Davis, director of Outdoor Recreation, at 662-846-4570 or tdavis@deltastate.edu.

B.E.E.P. Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament

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The Breast Education and Early-detection Project (B.E.E.P) at Delta State partnered with the Delta State University Golf Course to sponsor the first annual Delta State University B.E.E.P Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament on Oct. 26, 2013.

The tournament, organized by Cecil Barnett and Johnny Glorioso, raised over $1,000 to support the project. Sponsors of the tournament included Backyard Burgers, Cleveland Trophy, Delta State Bookstore, Delta State Alumni Association, Dominos, Farm Bureau (Chuck Upchurch), Kamiens, Lampards, Wylie Hilburn and Tommy Gray.

Barnett and Glorioso met recently with B.E.E.P. staff and AmeriCorps*VISTA to make plans for the 2014 tournament, which will be held next October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Gifts of appreciation and a photo album were presented to Barnett and Glorioso by the B.E.E.P. staff and Americorps*VISTA members.

“B.E.E.P. would like to thank Cecil Barnett and Johnny Glorioso, the sponsors and the individuals who played in the tournament for supporting this fundraising event,” said Gail Bailey, B.E.E.P. project coordinator.

The mission of B.E.E.P. is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through provision of innovative and creative approaches in teaching breast cancer awareness and prevention to women within the Bolivar, Sunflower and Washington counties who have limited access to preventive care.

B.E.E.P. operates as part of the Center for Community and Economic Development at Delta State, and is funded through a grant from the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

The Americorps*VISTA program at Delta State partners with B.E.E.P. to allow VISTA members to work with the program throughout the year. VISTA members Kizmet Cleveland, Taneisha Jackson and Jimisha Washington have worked with the project during the 2013-14 grant year. Along with Bailey, other B.E.E.P. staff includes Shawana Ford, assistant project coordinator.

The project offers and participates in educational sessions, health fairs, school events and community-sponsored events throughout the three-county area to promote breast health awareness.

B.E.E.P. also offers a limited number of clinical breast exams and mammograms at no cost to women who are 40-years-old or older, and who have limited income and are underinsured or uninsured.

Those interested in more information about B.E.E.P. should contact the project at 662-846-4008 or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/graduate-and-continuing-studies/center-for-community-economic-development/beep. For details on the 2014 Delta State University B.E.E.P. Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament, please contact Johnny Glorioso at 662-846-4585.

Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament

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Format : 2 Person Scramble

Entry Fee : $50.00 a person ($100.00 team )

Golf Cart Included for first 12 paid teams

18 hole tournament/ flighted after first 9 holes of play

All funds donated to Breast Cancer Awareness Donations are Accepted

For more information contact Johnny Glorioso at 846-4585 or 719-8772