To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and celebrate the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center and GW Medical Faculty Associates’ (MFA) Mobile Mammography Program, or Mammovan, the 7th Annual Blush Lunch was held at the Ritz-Carlton, West End in Washington, D.C. on October 17, 2018. Supporters from throughout the D.C. metropolitan area celebrated the legacy of the program and shared a vision to continue providing cancer screenings for women around D.C. regardless of their ability to pay. The Mammovan is one of the longest running mobile mammography programs in the D.C. region and breaks down barriers so that underserved women can get free, lifesaving mammograms with the newest 3D technology.

Inside the Ritz-Carlton, the luncheon began with an introduction by Master of Ceremony Eun Yang, anchor of NBC News4 Today in Washington, D.C. The keynote speaker was Catherine Meloy, president and CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington and Goodwill Excel Center Adult Charter High School.

Sponsors of this year’s Blush Lunch included McKesson Foundation, T-Mobile, Alliant Benefits Consulting, Colliers International, MetLife, Washington Business Journal, Susan and Roger Gendron, GW Hospital Women's Board, Lynn Groban, Avendra and Jane Dunigan, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP, EagleBank Foundation, The Goodwill Excel Center, The Health Law Partners, P.C., Western Litigation, Inc., Taylor & Uhl, LLC, Redwood Global Inc., Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Howard Woolley Group LLC, and Judith Weintraub.

About the GW Mobile Mammography Program

The Mobile Mammography Program began in 1996 with a generous grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Its goal was to make early detection of breast cancer readily available to the women of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Dedicated to providing area women with education and support, this self-contained mobile unit travels to corporate and community sites offering one-stop screening performed in a comfortable, convenient environment. The program is committed to making this service available to every woman, regardless of her ability to pay.

The Mammovan is both disabled- and wheelchair-accessible. The Mammovan is accredited by the American College of Radiology and is certified by the FDA to perform screening mammograms. The Mobile Mammography Program meets all the requirements of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).

About the GW Cancer Center

The GW Cancer Center is a collaboration of the George Washington University, the GW Hospital and the GW Medical Faculty Associates to expand GW’s efforts in the fight against cancer. The GW Cancer Center also incorporates all existing cancer-related activities at GW, with a vision to create a cancer-free world through groundbreaking research, innovative education and equitable care for all. Learn more about the GW Cancer Center at gwcancercenter.com.