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Links, Inc.’s Pink Ball joins other organizations going “pink” to fill local BCCCP funding gap



The Greater Wayne County Links, Incorporated turns Cobo Center pink when they host Pink Ball 2014 on Saturday, May 3, 2014. This gala event raises funds for the Wayne County Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) administered by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The Wayne County BCCCP provides life-saving cancer screening services to low-income women and struggles to continue to meet the needs of women who are without insurance or have exorbitant deductibles despite implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Healthy Michigan Plan. The BCCCP works to fill the gaps that remain even though the Affordable Care Act provides healthcare to many. 

Early detection through screening is an extremely effective tool in fighting breast and cervical cancers. However, low-income women, who are uninsured or underinsured, have low screening rates. The result is that these women are 41 percent more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer.  Limited access to health care and screenings mean a breast cancer diagnosis is much deadlier for racial and ethnic minorities, low-income women and women with little or no health insurance.

Since 1992, the Wayne County BCCCP has provided nearly 100,000 free breast and cervical cancer screenings to local women. The program offers these services to eligible women who otherwise would not have access to them. However, the reductions in funding mean the need for screenings exceeds the funds available.

“For the third year, Links, Inc. has committed to raising funds to meet this need through our signature event, the Pink Ball,” said Links, Inc. President Shirley Kaigler. “For every $250 we raise, a woman – mother, wife, daughter, sister or friend – will receive this life-saving screening.”

Links, Inc. is joined by several other organizations in raising funds to fill the BCCCP funding gap. This June, the “Pink Ribbon” license plate will be available in Michigan with $25 of the $35 initial plate fee and 100 percent of the renewal fees going to the Michigan BCCCP. The Komen Detroit Race for the Cure has provided grants to the Wayne County BCCCP to extend and enhance the screening program. Komen Detroit raises funds for these grants through its annual Race for the Cure event, which will take place this year on June 7 at Chene Park in Detroit.

To learn more about the Greater Wayne County Links, Incorporate, see highlights of auction items featured at this year’s Pink Ball, or purchase tickets to the Pink Ball, visit the web site.

To learn more about the Wayne County BCCCP, call 1-888-242-2702 or visit


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