Non-profit organization to organize a Mental Health Awareness Walk and Cancer Awareness Event at Hampton University

Non-profit organization to organize a Mental Health Awareness Walk and Cancer Awareness Event at Hampton University

Hill started the nonprofit after her grandmother was unexpectedly diagnosed and died of stage four uterine cancer in 2010.

HAMPTON, Virginia. — September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, and an organization is doing its part to raise awareness about women’s physical and mental health.

Project Nana Inc. encourages women, especially older women, to seek the medical care and advice they need.

Through advocacy, workshops, campaigns and events, they aim to address a growing problem of cancer rates among women.

“These women are missing years of preventative health tests that are critical to their well-being. As a result, cancer statistics now show that women aged 55 and over are developing advanced-stage gynecological cancers that are difficult In too many cases, these women are dying of cancers that could have been treated at an early stage,” said Vanessa Hill, founder of the organization.

Hill started the nonprofit after her grandmother was unexpectedly diagnosed and died of stage four uterine cancer in 2010.

It is because of these statistics and her experience that Hill asks family members and friends of older women to encourage them to get checked and screened regularly.

“These seasoned women are past the childbearing years, beyond menopause; women who have stopped making appointments with their gynecologist. Years ago, these appointments were the central time when these women received Pap smears and were examined for pelvic issues,” Hill said.

This year, Project Nana is combining its mission with September being National Suicide Prevention Month.

On September 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., a Mind, Body, and Spirit Wellness Fair and Move for Mental Health Wellness Walk will be held at Hampton University.

The event hopes to challenge the stigma that hinders access to care and uplift both women and those who have died of mental illness.

To register for the walk, click here.

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