Free mammograms available at the GATS health pavilion

By Sandi Soendker, Land Line editor-in-chief | 8/25/2015

The Trucking Solutions Group is bringing a mobile mammogram unit to the health pavilion at the Great American Trucking Show this week in Dallas, Texas, providing a health-critical opportunity for trucking women (and men) to get a mammogram. For drivers who spend most of their lives on the road, this vital breast cancer screening will never be easier.

The dates of the show are Aug. 27-29. If you can’t afford the $300 screening or don’t have insurance, no problem. TSG has been raising money to pay for a number of free mammograms for GATS attendees, and as of Wednesday plenty of free appointments are available.

While CDL holders are the focus of the mammogram project, anyone can take advantage of this opportunity. Truckers who are at the show with spouses can encourage them to make an appointment.

Walk-ups won’t be turned down, but reservations are best. The reservation system is open, and appointments are available for all three days of the show.

Call 214-820-3040 for your reservation. You’ll need to provide a few details. For more on how to make sure you secure a reservation, click here.

TSG’s Rick Ash is an OOIDA member and board member of St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund. Ash says donations are still coming in as truckers and members of the industry head to Dallas, and the funding effort has been hugely successful.

“The more money we raise, the more free mammograms we can do at GATS,” says Ash. “But, importantly, we need for truckers to take advantage of this opportunity. It’s a screening that could save your life.”

He says 100 percent of funds raised will go directly to the cost of the mammograms. One of the fundraising tools has been Gofundme.com, created in May by Ash. As of Tuesday, the Gofundme total for the project had topped $9,000, raised by 74 people in three months.

The mammogram unit will be at the Landstar Fit for the Road Health and Wellness Pavilion, sponsored by Randall-Reilly and Landstar. The screening is part of a wellness event that includes other free screenings and an annual health awareness walk. The health pavilion is open to all GATS attendees.

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