The Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral Foundation presented a $10,000 check to Senior Friendship Centers of Lee County on Tuesday, Oct. 12, during the club’s regular meeting in the Fellowship Hall of Faith Presbyterian Church on Coronado Parkway.
The check was presented to Julie Ramirez, Health and Wellness Administrator at Senior Friendship Centers and Nancy Green-Irwin Executive Director of Senior Friendship Centers of Lee County. The Kiwanis grant will be used to provide mammograms for uninsured and lower income women age 50 and older served by Senior Friendship Centers Health and Wellness Program. Early diagnosis is critical in the detection and treatment of breast cancer.
According to Ms.Ramirez, about 50 women within the age group will benefit from the Kiwanis gift.
Cape Coral Kiwanis’ two thrift shops have experienced surging profits amid the struggling economy, as shoppers look for ways to maximize their spending dollars, said Sam Huber, Kiwanis Club president.
“We’re always seeking out opportunities to give back our net proceeds to the community, and when we learned of the Friendship Centers’ funding need to continue to provide a valuable service; we’re honored that we can help,” Huber said.
Since January, 2010, Senior Friendship Centers Health and Wellness Services in Lee County have provided 81 patients with mammograms, and as a result three cases were detected. SFC’s Health and Wellness Services in Lee County provide medical services with volunteer physicians and nurses and other personnel, and are always in need of additional volunteer doctors and nurses.
The Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral, through its foundation, provides the community with more than $400,000 annually by awarding grants to a wide range of programs and scholarships.