#DrivingMissVicki all the way to the Bahamas
Sentara has donated a decommissioned ambulance to the One Eleuthera Foundation in the Bahamas. The ambulance is a diesel 2002 Ford E350 with a wheeled coach body. It also happens to be pink and is named “Miss Vicki” after a Medical Transport Employee who survived breast cancer. In the Hampton Roads community, Miss Vicki has been a symbol of breast cancer awareness making countless appearances at community events and transporting more than 30,000 patients in need of care. She will be continue her work on the Island of Eleuthera transporting patients and helping to raise awareness of breast cancer screening there.
The Bahamas’ incidence of inherited breast cancer, recorded to be between 24-27%, is twice as high as the highest rate recorded in high risk groups around the world. Statistics reveal that 43% of Bahamian women diagnosed with breast cancer die before the age of 50 while the average age of death in American women is 65.
These startling statistics and the needs of the One Eleuthera Foundation were brought to light when retired Sentara hospital President Bob Graves traveled to Eleuthera on a mission trip through his church last year. When he learned of the Sentara donation he volunteered to personally drive Miss Vicki from Virginia to his new hometown in South Carolina and then on to Florida where she will board a ship for the Bahamas.
The One Eleuthera Foundation has partnered with several organizations to raise the awareness of breast cancer and promote early detection through screening mammography. Miss Vicki’s arrival – in all her pink glory - will help further these efforts and promote breast health.
Follow her journey on twitter with the hashtag #DrivingMissVicki.