Drivers' grassroots efforts dig in to bring mammogram mobile to GATS

| 5/20/2015

The Trucking Solutions Group has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to cover the cost of mammograms for those CDL holders attending the Great American Trucking Show who do not have insurance or who cannot otherwise afford the $300 screening.

GATS will be held on Aug. 27-29, 2015 in Dallas, Texas, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (formerly Dallas Convention Center). The Trucker Solutions Group has organized a health pavilion with the show management, which will be offering a variety of free health screenings to all drivers and attendees of the show. Part of this effort will be to bring a mobile mammogram unit to the Health and Wellness Pavilion for the first time in trucking history.  

“It’s a big endeavor to do this, but it can catch breast cancer early. It can save lives,” says TSG’s Linda Caffee. “Women truckers have little time to fit a regular mammogram into their schedules. We want to bring the opportunity to these professional drivers at the upcoming GATS in Dallas.”

Caffee, owner-operator from Silex, Mo., and OOIDA member, says no one should walk away because they have no insurance or because they cannot afford the screening.

There are two ways to make a donation to this cause. One is to make a tax deductible donation to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund - Mammogram. Be sure to designate the mammogram project. The other is through the fundraising page TSG has created for the event through gofundme. The page raised almost $4,700 in the first week.

“Crowdfunding is ideal for this project,” says TSG Chairman Rick Ash, owner-operator and OOIDA life member from Lakewood, Colo. “Not all truckers can make a large donation. With gofundme, anyone can contribute whatever is comfortable. Or you can sponsor a mammogram for just one woman, man, whatever. Men get breast cancer, too.”

Other supporters who have already made contributors to the mammogram mobile project include the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Make It Happen USA, and the St. Christopher Fund – all nonprofit organizations.

Ash said this week that other donations have come from Movin’ Out Magazine and from Progressive Insurance, which is sponsoring mammograms for 25 women.

TSG says that 100 percent of all funds raised will be applied to the cost of the mammograms. The group’s goal is to raise $30,000 to pay for mammograms for those who do not have insurance. Any funds collected above this goal will be donated to the St. Christopher Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to help truckers with medical problems that have led to financial hardship.

The Trucking Solutions Group began in 2008 for members to share best practices in the trucking industry and assist each other with improving their businesses. The Driver Health Council, a committee within the Group, is dedicated to raising awareness of health issues in the industry. The Council began Health Awareness Walks in 2010 and blood drives in 2011, which are held at various trucking industry conferences and events.

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