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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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Antrim County High Tea for Breast Cancer Prevention
supports Michigan Tax Check-Offs to fight Cancer

According to the Antrim County High Tea for Breast Cancer Prevention, a 501c3 organization, you can feel good about filing your taxes this year. That’s because for the first time, you can donate $5, $10, or more to breast and prostate cancer support and research in Michigan by using the check-off boxes on your state tax form.

Donations will go to prostate cancer research and the Michigan Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program, which provides free mammograms and Pap tests for uninsured women. It also covers costs for further diagnostic testing and if needed, treatment through the Medicaid Treatment Act.

“The tax check-off gives Michigan residents an easy way to help uninsured women get basic, lifesaving healthcare.” said Dee Lynch, Chairman of the High Tea.

“Women 40 and over need an annual mammogram,” said Teresa Sington Loudenslager, who coordinates the Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, one of the High Tea’s partners.

“Mammograms can detect cancer early, when it is easier and much less expensive to treat,” she said. “The Breast & Cervical Cancer Program offers mammograms at no charge for uninsured women, but with our current level of funding from the state health department, we can only screen 15% of eligible women. With the funds raised by the tax form check off, we’ll be able to see more women, and hopefully reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in the state.”

The High Tea recently awarded a grant to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to support the Breast & Cervical Cancer Program in Antrim County. The $41,000 grant provides funds for a major advertising campaign, education and advocacy, and can pay for items like wigs for breast cancer patients that are not covered by health insurance.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information about the Michigan Tax Check-Offs for Cancer, visit