Project Detect was initiated in 2005 by the Riverwood Ladies Golf Association (RLGA) with the goal of helping local uninsured and underinsured women receive mammograms. Since its inception, Project Detect has raised over $292,000.00.
100% of the funds donated were used to provide mammograms and diagnostics for uninsured and underinsured women and men in our local community.
In the past several years, Project Detect has provided approximately 300 mammograms a year, with further testing performed for each abnormal result. Those who had a positive diagnosis were referred for further treatment.
Our goal is to expand our focus to include early detection screenings for other types of cancer as well.
Project Detect is funded by donations from the Riverwood Community of Port Charlotte and is facilitated by the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic and the Englewood Community Care Clinic. 100% of your donations are used for patient services.
In the past four years, Project Detect has donated $130,000 to the clinic to support their work. Contributions to Project Detect have unquestionably made a difference in Charlotte County!
The 2017 Project Detect Golf Tournament
Virginia B. Andes Community Clinic
(Photo L-R) Cindy Needs (Director of Nursing), Amparo and Vickie (two recent cancer survivors at the recent Breast Cancer Survivors luncheon), Noreen Chervinski (Director of Operations) and Suzanne Roberts (CEO)
We are extremely delighted to have been selected as a 2016–2017 grant recipient of Project Detect. This Early Detection Services grant will allow the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic to provide essential mammogram and other cancer screenings to the many uninsured women and men in our Charlotte community.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, leadership staff, volunteers, and especially our patients, I would like to thank you, Project Detect and the Riverwood Community, for the continued support of our healthcare mission in Charlotte County.
M. Suzanne Roberts, M.Ed.
Englewood Community Clinic
(Photo L-R) Anthony with his wife Jackie, and Liz Rigny (Clinical Director)
A little over a year ago, Anthony and Jackie came to our clinic in need of help. He was working construction and did not have health insurance and was not feeling well. Thanks to funding from Project Detect, we were able to do screenings and discover that Anthony had stage 4 lung cancer (ironically, Anthony had not been a smoker). In December 2015, he began chemotherapy treatments at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. As you are probably aware, Moffitt requires that any patients we refer have their cancer "staged" prior to accepting them into their charity care program. We could not have done this without your help.
I'm delighted to report that Anthony and Jackie came to the clinic last night to let us know that he is now in REMISSION! There was not a dry eye in the clinic.
They thanked us for saving his life and we, in turn, want to thank YOU for providing the funding that enabled us to do that.
Beth Harrison, Executive Director
Englewood Community Care Clinic, Inc.