This press release originally appeared in Startland News.
An employee-led foundation affiliated with one of Missouri’s top startups is helping offer free mammogram sessions for up to 50 uninsured individuals in the Boone County area where rapidly-scaling EquipmentShare calls home.
The holiday-timed give-back is a partnership between the EquipmentShare Foundation, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department and JCB, the world’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of construction and agricultural equipment.
“This really hits home personally — my mom and my sister have both had major breast cancer surgeries this year,” said Bartley Stevenson, president of the EquipmentShare Foundation. “I believe helping people in the community with a mammogram is one step in many steps to building a better community. We are blessed to have employees from EquipmentShare as partners in our community, as well, to make events like this and more happen in the future.”
The mammogram appointments — coordinated by a health department representative — are roughly 30-minute individual and private sessions scheduled at the patient’s convenience in conjunction with availability at MU Health Care’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia.
The 50 appointment spots are expected to be scheduled throughout 2023.
With its 3,600 employees, Columbia-based EquipmentShare is a nationwide construction solutions provider dedicated to solving industry pain points through smart jobsite technology and equipment rental, retail and service centers.
Click here to learn more about EquipmentShare, which closed a $230M funding round in 2021 and was named best in the Midwest by M25 earlier this year.
The EquipmentShare Foundation was founded in 2022 with the desire to build stronger communities through support of local and national charitable organizations that align with EquipmentShare employees’ philanthropic initiatives. One such initiative is to support breast cancer research.
“We know that breast cancer is most treatable when it is detected early and a mammogram is the best way to catch breast cancer in its earliest stages,” said Dr. Gerhard Hildebrandt, director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and chief of hematology/oncology. “We are grateful to The EquipmentShare Foundation and JCB for their generous donation to provide underserved individuals in central Missouri access to this important detection tool.”
The EquipmentShare Foundation also recently partnered with Haulotte, an international aerial work platform manufacturer, to bring a drive-thru light show to the community from EquipmentShare’s Columbia headquarters.
The Santa’s Work Crew Drive-Thru Light Show was open to the public three nights leading up to the holiday.