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A & E Towing Helps Women with Free Mammograms in Tri-Cities

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Marcos Escobar, owner of A&E Towing, cuts a check to the Tri Cities Cancer Center Foundation. Marcos Escobar, owner of A&E Towing, cuts a check to the Tri Cities Cancer Center Foundation.

KENNEWICK, WA - A local towing company is making it easier for women to fight and prevent cancer.

A & E Towing Wednesday turned over a check for $1,000 to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. The towing company donated a portion of its fees from its tows in October.

 Like many families, Marcos Escobar, the owner of the company, says cancer has touched his family.

"I lost one of my nephews when he was eight years old six months ago," Escobar says. "He died of brain cancer. And I have and eight-year-old son, so it kind of hits home."

Escobar's donation will go the foundations' free mammogram program, which provides free mammograms to women in the Tri-Cities.

"We don't want finances or lack of awareness to create havoc in people taking care of their health," says Elizabeth Mclaughlin, foundation director. 

Mclaughlin says the cancer center foundation will receive more than one million dollars this year in private donations to support patients going through diagnosis.

The center's resource center provides free hats, wigs, and breast prosthetics, a library to help patients learn about their treatment, and a patient navigation program that helps with referrals for patients needing help with meals, home cleaning and other services while they receive treatment.

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