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Beaumont PD, Gift of Life ‘chaining cancer’

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Drivers might notice something out of the ordinary as they cruise around Beaumont this month – a pink police vehicle.

For the third year, the Beaumont Police Department has teamed up with the gift of life to “drive out breast cancer”.

The pink SUV is owned by Ofc. Haley Morrow, who is a public information officer for the police department. She has been with BPD since 2014 and has been in charge of community affairs since 2016.

Although this is not a “patrol” car, it is still a police car. There are always lights on and Morrow can still stop people for traffic violations. But she does not intend to carry out roadside checks, unless there are extenuating circumstances.


“No one is going to go to jail in the pink police car,” Morrow said with a smile. “If I make a road stop, it’s a really bad deal, because I don’t prefer to do that. I don’t usually issue tickets, but I can.

“I think it’s in a form or a form that has probably affected everyone. So I’m thankful that I can drive it, ”Morrow said. “Not just because it’s pretty and quite fun for the month of October, but because there is actually a meaning behind it.”

The SUV was dropped off at the end of September at Image 360, which donates the vinyl wrap every year.

Image360 owner Robert Blackwell, whose wife is a breast cancer survivor, said the wrap would typically cost around $ 1,200 and take about a day.

“We are thrilled to help the Beaumont Police Department and the Gift of Life program promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Blackwell. “… It is important that women in the community, who may not have the resources to get tested often enough, can do so. We are happy to help make it known that this is available.

Morrow said the pink SUV is getting a lot of attention for its color alone. It will be available for photos with the public at the police station during opening hours and will be parked at various sponsored and major events throughout the month.

“We love that people come and take pictures,” Morrow said. “We do not recommend taking pictures while driving. They can catch him at the police station most of the time Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The SUV will be used primarily as a breast cancer awareness tool and for Beaumont’s Gift of Life organization. The Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program began in 1994. It was founded by Regina Rogers to honor her late mother, Julie Rogers, a breast cancer survivor. He started out by providing free mammograms.

To date, Norma Sampson, executive director of Gift of Life, said the organization has helped diagnose nearly 350 medically underserved women and men in Southeast Texas with cancer and referred them to treatment. The organization’s website said its services have grown to become “one of the largest cancer screening initiatives of its kind in the state of Texas – offering clinical breast exams, mammograms and free diagnostic tests, as needed, for women who do not have health insurance or cannot afford. their high deductibles. Women diagnosed with breast cancer through these services are led by compassionate social workers in treatment.

The organization serves seven counties in Southeast Texas: Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, Tyler, Jasper, Newton and Chambers. Holli Peterson, of Gift of Life, said anyone living in the service area and medically underserved is eligible to receive the organization’s services. Gift of Life provides direct care in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange, including breast health screenings in Beaumont at Dauphin Women’s Center, Orange Baptist Hospital imaging center and Riceland Imaging Center in Port Arthur.

Despite delays due to the novel coronavirus pandemic this year, services are also being provided to men in Beaumont and Orange. The gift of life expanded in 2000 with the Men’s Health and Prostate Cancer Program. Sampson said it was difficult for men to get skilled services and technology, but luckily, she said, the percentage of men diagnosed with breast cancer is low.

In her 18 years with the program, she only received three calls from men with breast cancer who were looking for the next level of care. The organization was able to provide gas cards and other types of assistance.

“We’re not turning a deaf ear and we’re really going to go around the world and come back to try and find resources, island and additional help really for anyone…” Sampson said.

Sampson told The Enterprise on Wednesday that Beaumont Police Chief Jimmy Singletary has been heavily involved with the program for years.

“This decorative wrap on this car has become symbolic… combined with our initiative to raise awareness of the importance of early detection in breast cancer,” said Sampson. “That has transformed over the past two years where we’ve been fortunate that those who care about our program and the police department have become Pink Patrol Car Sponsors.”

With the help of the Pink Patrol Car, Sampson said on Gift of Life is able to raise up to $ 15,000 each year. But the pandemic has had a significant impact on the organization’s ability to generate revenue. Last year, Gift of Life was unable to host two major fundraisers for its Prostate Cancer Initiative and Women’s Health Program. The organization does not gain support from national organizations, which makes local support all the more important.

“The people we impact and serve are all of our neighbors, friends and families in Southeast Texas, so every dollar stays local,” Sampson said.

Sampson said Gift of Life will also be hosting a Spooktacular Monster Dash starting at 9 a.m. on October 30 in downtown Beaumont. The Ribbon Race aims to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and breast cancer in the hope of reducing the incidence of cancer.

“We will run the event with caution and optimism, but we are certainly sensitive to the rise in COVID,” Sampson said.

Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and take photos. Educational material will be shared with important information on cancer and prevention.

“We’ll be in the spirit of Halloween,” Sampson said, hoping attendees carry the message of well-being to families. “We eagerly and enthusiastically accept any support on the day of the event. It’s never too late. As a local non-profit organization, we are sustainable through the generosity and blessings of those who believe in our program. We’re kind of a small, 24/7 local group, so if anyone wants to help out, volunteer, or sponsor, contribute, they’ve got our numbers.

For more information, call the main Gift of Life number at 409-833-3663 or visit [email protected]

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