Press Release March 2019

March 13, 2019

Crystal Pruitt, Communications Chairman

Media Contact: Crystal L. Pruitt South Atlantic Region Communications Chairman sa.commofficer@gmail.com 727.637.8738

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® to Provide Free Mammograms to Underserved Communities in Greenville, South Carolina

Screenings will take place on the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Mobile Mammography Unit

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® is bringing its fight against breast cancer to underserved communities in the Upstate of South Carolina during the 66th South Atlantic Regional Conference. Demonstrating its commitment to women’s healthcare, the service organization’s Mobile Mammography Coach will be available to provide free breast cancer screenings on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Greenville Convention Center located at 1 Exposition Drive, Greenville, South Carolina 29605. Uninsured and indigent women interested in receiving a free mammogram should register at www.assuredimaging.com/AKA or call 888-233-6121. Cluster VIII and the Significant South Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, consists of approximately 17,000 women serving South Carolina, Georgia and Florida areas. The Upstate of South Carolina includes ten graduate and five undergraduate chapters.

“The free mammogram service project is one of several activities taking place during the sorority’s 66th South Atlantic Regional Conference in Greenville, South Carolina. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®is a campaigner in the fight against breast cancer with the mobile unit,” said Carolyn Randolph, South Atlantic regional director. In addition to the free mammograms, breast cancer awareness and educational materials will be distributed at the event. Breast cancer screenings is one initiative in the Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Women’s Healthcare and Wellness Program.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha members stand boldly in this fight against breast cancer which is the number one cancer among women. This is an extremely important moment in the history of Alpha Kappa Alpha because for 111 years the sorority has implemented innovative programs that improve the lives of women, men and children across the globe. Our legacy of exemplary service continues with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Mammography Mobile Unit," said Alpha Kappa Alpha International President, Dr. Glenda Glover. The mobile unit was unveiled at Texas Southern University in October 2018. The historical event marked the kick-off for sorority’s breast cancer awareness month activities.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®is committed to screening 100,000 women over the next four years. Chapters will partner with local clinics, rural health centers, and hospitals to emphasize the need for African-American women to receive regular mammograms. “The key focus of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s breast cancer initiative is to provide women access to early detection and education. Our overall mission is to help reduce the factors that lead to breast cancer in African-American women by having them visit our Alpha Kappa Alpha Mammography Mobile,” said Ora Douglas, International Program Committee chairman. About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of nearly 300,000 members and more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Liberia, Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea, South Africa, and in the Middle East. The organization is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter service organization for service rendered in local communities in which members live and serve. For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated® and its programs, visit www.aka1908.com

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