Breast cancer warrior and ‘Gift of Life’ cheerleader Earnestine Anderson was relieved to learn that her breast cancer was detected early during a free ‘Gift of Life’ mammogram.
“It was a miracle that I was able to get a free mammogram that saved my life,” Earnestine said. “I think I’m one of the lucky ones; I can’t thank you all enough.
Miracle Match for Life has enabled thousands of women, like Anderson, and men to receive mammograms and prostate cancer screenings through Julie Rogers’ “Gift of Life” program.
This effort and others like it just got a $125,000 boost from one of the most successful and enjoyable annual fundraisers in the area.
The 20th Annual BASF and TotalEnergies Miracle Match for Life Golf Tournament raised more than $125,000 for three charities that provide vital health services to people in Southeast Texas: Be The Match, the ” Gift of Life” by Julie Rogers and LifeShare Blood Center.
Hundreds of golfers, BASF and TotalEnergies employees, volunteers and spectators gathered on April 29 for a day of sports and community fun at the Bayou Din Golf Club in Beaumont.
BASF TotalEnergies Petrochemicals LLC and TotalEnergies Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc., each located in Port Arthur, are the title sponsors of the annual event.
Miracle Match for Life was established in 2002 as a collaborative partnership between BASF and TotalEnergies to educate and promote awareness of the need for bone marrow donors, blood donations, and cancer screening and prevention in the Southeast from Texas.
Over the past 20 years, Miracle Match for Life has raised over $2 million.
“Giving back is a natural part of who we are and our work culture,” said John Lycan, vice president and site manager at BASF TotalEnergies.
“Contributing to the essential services these charities provide is a rewarding experience, and we look forward to continuing our partnership which is so beneficial to the community.
Miracle Match for Life places special emphasis on education and recruitment in African American, Native American and Hispanic communities, where donors and cancer screenings are especially needed.
“We are honored to have a 20-year partnership with BASF, sponsoring an event that raised awareness of the medical needs of underserved people in our community,” said Tommy Chavez, general manager of TotalEnergies Port Arthur Refinery.
“We live and work in Southeast Texas and pride ourselves on being a good neighbor while ensuring that the health of our community remains a priority.”
Be the Match has been able to recruit more than 350,000 donors from the Gulf Coast region of Texas and Louisiana and expand lifesaving cell therapies for patients through donations and public awareness generated each year by Miracle Match for Life.
“With financial support from Miracle Match for Life, we’ve made the impossible possible,” said Hope Guidry-Groves, Senior Director of Be The Match.
“In our Gulf Coast region alone, we have inspired over 5,000 new members to join our Be The Match registry! Despite the pandemic we have faced over the past two years, we have not missed one transplant. Thank you.”
Miracle Match for Life also supports LifeShare Blood Center, which provides blood components to hospitals in eight southeast Texas counties and requires approximately 30,000 donations annually.
“Miracle Match for Life helps us educate the community about the need for blood donations and donor recruitment,” said Brooke Hulett, Regional Director of LifeShare Blood Centers. “Sometimes it is difficult to maintain the blood stocks needed to meet the demand of the hospitals we serve. Every day, 100 blood donations are needed for patients in the region. Miracle Match for Life has been instrumental in raising awareness of the need for donors.