Chargers encourage San Diegans to be screened

on Wednesday, Sept 28 at Qualcomm Stadium

SAN DIEGO – Aug. 31, 2016 – For a fourth year, the San Diego Chargers are partnering with Susan G. Komen San Diego to underwrite the cost of providing qualified women access to free mammograms on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium.

In 2013, the San Diego Chargers were the first NFL team in the nation to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with this unique campaign when more than 700 San Diegans reached out to get help. Since then they have inspired other teams to follow in their footsteps.

“Komen San Diego is helping to save lives every day, and we are thrilled to once again be partnering with them to provide free, life-saving mammograms to women in our community,” said Chargers president – business operations, A.G. Spanos. “My mother is a proud breast cancer survivor, which makes this event even more significant and special to me.”

In San Diego, six women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer and unfortunately one woman a day passes away from this disease; however, if discovered early enough, the most common type of breast cancer has a nearly 99 percent survival rate. This event will provide free mammograms and clinical breast exams for women in San Diego County who do not have health insurance or who are under insured. To be eligible for a free screening at this event, you must have had your last mammogram a least one full year ago (365 days ago or longer). If it hasn’t been a full year since your last mammogram and you need assistance, please dial 2-1-1 to speak to a Komen breast health specialist who can direct you appropriately. All participants will also receive a primary medical placement and be linked to a medical home, which is important for following up each year. Additional breast health information will also be available.

“Since the inception of the Chargers Mammogram Event, over 556 women have received free mammograms,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, president and CEO, Susan G. Komen San Diego. “It’s the support of community leaders like the San Diego Chargers who keep the awareness of breast cancer top of mind to help to save women’s lives. We are forever grateful for their ongoing support”

EVENT CALENDAR DETAILS:

What: San Diego Chargers Mammogram Event

Where: Qualcomm Stadium Club Lounge 5 (Gate B), 9449 Friars Road San Diego, CA 92108

When: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: FREE to qualified women

For further information and to inquire about qualifying, please call (619) 508-8088

 

Komen San Diego is the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and support and the only organization providing qualified women the free services they need for every step of the breast cancer journey, With more than $1.1 million invested this year alone in the local community, Komen San Diego provides free diagnostic mammograms, life-saving screenings, temporary financial aid for living expenses, transportation, meal deliveries, education and more. Next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world.

Participating health clinics include Family Health Centers of San Diego, Family Medical Clinic and La Maestra. For more information on where you can get mammograms, visit www.komensandiego.org.

ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

The San Diego Chargers originated as the Los Angeles Chargers of the American Football League in 1960.  The team relocated to San Diego in 1961 and captured the American Football League championship in 1963.  It finished first in five of the 10 AFL seasons.  Since joining the National Football League when the two leagues merged in 1970, the Chargers have won 11 AFC West division titles, including five titles in the last 12 seasons (2004-15).  Overall, the team has played in 28 playoff games.  The Chargers were purchased by construction leader and real estate developer Alex G. Spanos in 1984 and has been under the guidance of Spanos’ eldest son Dean, the team’s current Chairman of the Board, since 1994.  That same season the team won the AFC Championship and played in Super Bowl XXIX.  All Chargers games are annually the highest-rated television programming in San Diego.  The Chargers play their home games at Qualcomm Stadium and the Spanos family, nationally renowned as one of San Diego’s and the NFL’s most philanthropic families, has invested millions of dollars in an effort to secure a new Super Bowl-quality stadium for San Diego.

 

ABOUT SUSAN G. KOMEN SAN DIEGO®:

Since its inception in 1995, Komen San Diego has raised more than $14 million to fund local non-profits who provide everything from free diagnostic mammograms, meal delivery, temporary financial aid, transportation and more. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised in San Diego stays in San Diego County to fund breast health services for uninsured and underinsured women and their families. The remaining 25 percent funds international breast cancer research. In fact, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen® is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. For more information, please visit www.komensandiego.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.