The Frisco-based National Breast Cancer Foundation recently hosted the 25th annual Art of Hope Gala at the Dallas Museum of Art to raise funds and awareness about breast cancer. The event featured keynote speaker Former First Lady Laura Bush, who spoke about the disease, early detection, and education.
Three hundred people attended the fundraiser, which featured speakers including emcee Janet St. James, a former WFAA-TV journalist-turned healthcare executive, and Janelle Hail, CEO of NBCF. Both spoke about their personal experiences with cancer. Additional speakers included NBCF’s Board Director Lance Hamilton, COO Kevin Hail, and Development Director Ronald Brooks.
Hail talked about the services the foundation provides for those diagnosed with breast cancer. They include enrollment in its national mammography program, patient navigation, breast health education, and physician and specialist referrals.
“We are proud to announce that NBCF has provided over 1 million services to patients in its 25-year history,” Hail said.
After a “catch-up,” during which Bush noted that she and her husband, former President George W. Bush, are “aging with grace” and “living the afterlife in the promised land” in Dallas, the former first lady spoke about her work with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a nonprofit based in Africa, which partners with NBCF to “empower women by advocating literacy” and providing healthcare services.
Bush said that through this partnership, the organization was able to “provide 24,000 breast-cancer screenings and screened over 370,000 women for cervical cancer” in its effort to educate the population, raise awareness, and provide information about the disease.
NBCF said it surpassed its fundraising goal of $200,000 at the event.