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Buddy Check Goes To Japan!

11:37 AM, Feb 15, 2008   |    comments
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By Jeannie Blaylock First Coast News JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Maybe this story will give you an idea. LaDonna Sampson is an active duty Navy nurse. She lost her aunt to breast cancer and so now she's on a mission. Right now LaDonna is stationed at Atsugi Naval Facility in Japan. She emailed me and ask if she could receive 300 Buddy Check 12 kits by mail. Of course, our partner, Baptist Medical Center, is happy to mail our Buddy Check 12 kits any where in the world for free. I called LaDonna to hear her describe why she's so fired up about this. Japan is 14 hours ahead of us and so I caught her just falling asleep! But she was peppy anyway! LaDonna plans to tell women about self exams and use the Buddy Check 12 kits at health fairs. She says, Buddy Check 12 keeps women focused. "If you do it by yourself," LaDonna says, "you let it go by the wayside." LaDonna says quite a few American military men at the base have Japanese wives and so she's interested in reaching them, as well. Some research shows the breast cancer rates in Japan are lower than in the U.S. LaDonna says she sees the women there eat "a lot more vegetables than we do." Maybe that is a factor, but whatever turns out to be fueling the North American breast cancer rates, women in Japan are getting breast cancer, as well. So LaDonna could be doing some life-saving work half-way around the world. Hats off to her! If you can think of some place to send Buddy Check 12 kits, just call Baptist at 202-CARE.

First Coast News