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Careity Foundation Announces $128,000 Grant

Shown are (from left) Lyn Walsh, Evon Markum, Deeya Smith, Pat Martin, Jay Bartley, Amy Mercer, Craig Harbuck and Beverly Branch.

Local nonprofit leads early detection, breast cancer treatment for under-insured women in Parker County.

Careity Foundation officials confirmed Wednesday that the Parker County Health Foundation (PCHF) has pledged more than $128,000 from its annual Pink Luncheon toward Careity’s extensive breast care programs in Parker County.

“We are incredibly pleased by this generous grant,” said Lyn Walsh, CEO of the Parker County-based Careity.  “Thanks to PCHF and the warmhearted luncheon audience, these dollars provide expansive, critical state-of-the-art early detection, treatment, surgery and vital support services to numerous under-insured Parker County residents.”

The Pink Luncheon, in its 11th year, raises funds designated for women’s health in Parker County. “The funds stay 100 percent in Parker County,” explained PCHF chair Craig Harbuck.

“Careity effectively identifies needs and leverages Pink Luncheon dollars to provide an impressive spectrum of care for breast cancer patients in our community.” – Craig Harbuck

PCHF and Careity have formed a powerful collaboration according to PCHF board member Zan Prince.

“Careity facilitates the services provided by Pink Luncheon dollars,” Prince said. “It’s a perfect fit. The Pink Luncheon provides dollars for comprehensive breast care services, while Careity guides patients through the entire process.  We are very blessed to have Careity as a partner.”

Volunteer coordinator Evon Markum applauds what she calls “a wonderful collaborative coalition led by Careity,” which includes the Parker County Health Foundation, The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, Moncrief Mobile Mammography, Weatherford Regional Medical Center, Texas Oncology, and Texas Health Resources.

“At the heart of the services provided is Careity,” Markum said. “For many years, they have put the Pink Luncheon dollars to work here at home in Parker County. “

Longtime leaders in breast health care in North Texas, Careity co-founders Lyn Walsh and Beverly Branch have dedicated their time, effort and resources to providing early cancer detection, surgeries, treatment, clinical trials and crucial and life-saving support services for uninsured and underinsured residents of Parker County.

“Our guidelines are more lenient than most other organizations,” Branch said. “We also address women who may fall through the cracks because they earn a few dollars too much.”

“No other organization, nationally or locally, can duplicate Careity’s dedication, commitment or integrity to the patient,” Markum said. “Every dollar raised here, stays here—at home—to benefit residents touched by breast cancer.”

That pleases Walsh. “We like to say, ‘Careity begins at home. We keep it local.’ Parker County is our home, and we are thrilled to help save the lives of our neighbors.”

Uninsured and under-insured women in Parker County are encouraged to call Careity Foundation at 817-882-4100 to inquire about qualifying for diagnostic or support services.

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