Walmart Foundation gives $75,000 to Woman’s _lowres

Photo provided by RACHAEL STANTON -- Director of Imaging Services at Woman’s Hospital, Cynthia Rabalais, left, receives a $75,000 donation from Wal-Mart Associate Debra Walker on Jan. 9 at the Walmart on Cortana Place.

The Walmart Foundation donated $75,000 to Woman’s Hospital on Friday during a ceremony at the Cortana Wal-Mart in Baton Rouge.

The money, provided through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, will support Woman’s Digital Mobile Mammography Coach, which offers life-saving screenings to women in need, a news release from Woman’s Hospital said.

The coach travels to 15 parishes in Louisiana. The money also will help women who need diagnostic follow-up testing, the release said.

“Woman’s is so grateful for this generous contribution provided by the Walmart Foundation,” said Cynthia Rabalais, Woman’s Hospital director of imaging services. “These funds enable us to make a large impact across the region by offering women a way to access care.”

According to the Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge affiliate, of all the states, Louisiana has the highest mortality rate from breast cancer in the nation. More than 95 percent of breast cancer cases can be cured with early detection and prompt treatment, but many women struggle to find access to breast care.

Woman’s Mobile Mammography Coach reaches underserved women, reducing geographic and financial barriers to care, the release said. Since 2006, Woman’s Mobile Mammography Coach has performed more than 35,000 mammograms and detected undiagnosed cancers in several hundred women.

“Wal-Mart and the Walmart Foundation are very pleased to be supporting Woman’s, and we are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” Wal-Mart store manager Azizur Rahman said.

“Through this donation, we are hopeful that Woman’s will continue to make a large impact on all women and their health across the state.”