Giving Hope and Help to Women in Need
Inspired by a young woman’s courage in the face of breast cancer, The Cricket Fund gives hope and help to many women in Gulf and Franklin counties who cannot afford a mammogram.
Your gift to The Cricket Fund could save a woman’s life.
A mammogram is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer. The earlier breast cancer is treated, the better it responds to treatment, and the greater the chances a woman will survive this deadly disease. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent for localized breast cancer that has not spread outside the breast.
Now, there’s help for women in Gulf and Franklin counties who cannot afford a mammogram – The Cricket Fund. Donations to this fund are used strictly for mammograms for women in need.
Established in 2013, The Cricket Fund was inspired by Kristina "Cricket" Russell of Port St. Joe, Florida. In March 2012, Cricket, 22, was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer while attending Gulf Coast State College to become a nurse.
In the face of such critical news at such a young age, Cricket told her family, "I don’t have an expiration date." While her courageous battle with cancer ended on November 27, 2012, her memory, spirit of courage and calling to care for others will survive through The Cricket Fund.
How to Qualify for a Free Mammogram
To qualify for free screening and diagnostic mammograms at the Women’s Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, women must reside in Gulf County, Franklin County, or Mexico Beach, FL.
Women on Medicaid or Medicare already qualify for an annual screening mammogram, so The Cricket Fund is reserved for those who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and cannot afford a screening exam.
For more information about The Cricket Fund or how to obtain a free mammogram through this fund, please call the Women’s Center at (850) 229-5687.
Your gift to The Cricket Fund could save a woman’s life. You can support the fund by mailing your gift donations to:
Sacred Heart Foundation
5151 N. 9th Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32504
Please make your checks payable to "Sacred Heart Foundation".
Please indicate "The Cricket Fund at SHHG" on your check.
You can make a donation online through the Sacred Heart Foundation's Online Donation form.
Please choose "Other" in the the "Designation" area and make sure to type in "The Cricket Fund at SHHG" to route your donation appropriately.