JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The 22nd Annual Make a Difference Day was celebrated on Saturday. It's the nation's single largest day of service. It was created by USA Weekend Magazine, which is owned by the First Coast News' parent company, Gannett.
The employees of First Coast News are striving to make a difference and make sure everyone has access to a mammogram.
On Saturday, volunteers with Baptist Health and First Coast News teamed up with 15 local churches to help save lives through teaching about Buddy Check and getting registering women who qualify for free mammograms. It's all part of Ladies Breast Health Awareness Day.
Joanna Hendricks has a family history of breast cancer but is on a fixed income and is grateful to be able to get a free mammogram.
"It's making a difference in my life because I know today my friends and I are taking strides to make sure we are healthy and safe," Hendricks said.
That's why former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard took part in Make a Difference Day. He shared his personal story at the Family Life Center. He told the crowd gathered there that he lost his mother to breast cancer when he was 16 years old.
"I am just trying to keep her legacy alive. If I can just save one life out there to help them check themselves, have a buddy that can remind them to check themselves, then it will make me feel that much better," Garrard said.
The chance of beating breast cancer increases significantly if caught early. Early breast cancer usually causes no pain and may cause no symptoms at all.
Baptist Health will be signing up women who qualify all year long for free mammograms.