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News Release | september 13, 2017

Ritter Teams With NEA Baptist, EAB & KAIT for Cancer Awareness In Community

IMG_3095.jpgRitter Communications employees collect donations at the intersection of Caraway and Highland Drive in Jonesboro at the 2016 Hoping for a Cure.

Ritter Communications is proud to once again participate in the 8th annual Hoping for a Cure event, which will take place on Friday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Pier One in Jonesboro. Volunteers will be collecting donations from cars that pass through the intersection of Highland Drive and Caraway Road. A limited number of free mammogram and prostate cancer screening vouchers will be available at Hoping for a Cure to those who qualify. The event, a partnership between Ritter Communications, NEA Baptist Hospital, East Arkansas Broadcasters and KAIT 8, hopes to raise awareness and funds for breast and prostate cancer during Hope Week 2017.

In addition, Ritter Communications employee Neil Osam has pledged to cut his hair and donate it to a cancer patient if he can raise $3,200 before the event. Neil’s challenge is in honor of his girlfriend Liz Ransom, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment. Please click here to contribute and read more about Neil’s challenge.

Eligible recipients for the 3D mammogram vouchers should meet the following requirements:

  • Must have a Primary Care Physician (A primary physician will be assigned to those who do not have one)
  • Must be 40 +
  • Uninsured
  • No unusual breast symptoms or prior history of breast cancer
  • Have not received a screening mammogram in the past year

The voucher is good for one free 3D mammogram screening.

Eligible recipients for the prostate screening vouchers should meet the following requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 50 - 70 years old
  • Have not received a prostate screening or seen a urologist within the past six months
  • Blood draw on-site, (results given after physical exam is completed)
  • Physical exam to be performed at clinic location

Early detection is key; resulting in quicker and better treatment for those with breast or prostate cancer. The screenings are an important part of early detection, as well as education about symptoms and risk factors.

Volunteers from the sponsor organizations will be on site during the event with a Bucket Brigade to raise money for Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation and HopeCircle, at the intersection of Highland Drive and Caraway. Participants can also stop at the tent in the parking lot to pick up a goody bag and educational material, enjoy refreshments and sign up to win a $100 Visa gift card.

Hope Week, sponsored by NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation, is a unique community-wide, week-long series of events and activities designed to salute and highlight the spirit of Hope and its importance in the life of our community. Hope Week is rooted in the belief that acts of goodwill are virtually always related to more beneficial life outcomes. For more information about Hope Week or to view a calendar of 2017 Hope Week events, visit www.NEABaptistFoundation.org.

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 About Ritter Communications:

Ritter Communications, founded in Marked Tree, Arkansas and headquartered in Jonesboro, began providing local phone service in 1906. Today, Ritter serves 62 communities and more than 45,000 customers in northeast and north central Arkansas and west Tennessee with advanced voice and data services typically found only in major metropolitan areas. Ritter invests heavily in the communities it serves by deploying proven, best in class infrastructure and technology while coupling it with a world class customer focused experience.

Residential consumer services include local and long distance phone service, cable television and high speed internet. Business services include customized communications systems and services, including, broadband Internet services, Managed Voice, data center services, Ethernet connectivity, customized networking and hosted applications. For more information, visit us online atrittercommunications.com or at facebook.com/rittercommunications.