Oswego: ARISE staff wore pink this week in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women, with one in eight women developing breast cancer in her lifetime.
Because of barriers to service, women with disabilities tend to receive fewer breast exams and mammograms and are nearly one-third more likely to die from it compared to women without disabilities.
Thanks to a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, ARISE is able to offer a Breast Health Awareness and Outreach Program.
This program encourages early screening for underserved, uninsured, or underinsured women while also providing one-on-one support to help overcome barriers to screening.
ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center run by and for people with disabilities.
The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979 and each year ARISE works with approximately 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities.
ARISE has offices in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Seneca counties and operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango and ARISE and Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius.