The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has raised $1.9 million for breast cancer awareness in the last 10 years through its Motor Vehicle Vision’s Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness specialty license plates.
The agency has issued close to 110,000 of the plates since 2006, with a portion of the funds allocated for the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Well Woman HealthCheck Program. The program helps pay for breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment for uninsured women in the state.
The fee for the specialty plate is $25, and $17 goes to the Well Woman HealthCheck Program.
“When drivers in Arizona choose to put one of the Pink Ribbon license plates on their vehicles, they’re doing their part to help thousands of women beat breast and cervical cancer, and to ease the burden the diseases have on our families and friends,” says Gov. Doug Ducey. “The millions of dollars raised proves once again that Arizona citizens will step up to help others. I commend everyone who has participated in this special program.”
“Early detection of breast and cervical cancer gives women who are diagnosed with the disease the best chance to recover and live longer, cancer-free lives,” says Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS director. “It takes several diagnostic steps to confirm a cancer diagnosis, which can be costly for women who are uninsured. Thanks in part to the funding from the Pink Ribbon license plate program we provided 11,984 breast cancer screenings and 7,560 cervical cancer procedures in 2015.”
“The Pink Ribbon vehicle plate has been so successful in raising money and awareness to combat this disease,” says ADOT director John Halikowski. “We’re proud to see Arizonans respond so enthusiastically to the Pink Ribbon campaign.”