Those who want to participate in the program must call the Borough President’s office for a single use code that can be entered into the Uber app to claim their free ride to and from the appointment. Women must provide their name, contact information, and the date and location of their screening to be eligible. Women should call (718) 816-2198 to receive the code.
“I want to eliminate all barriers that are stopping women from getting screened,” said Borough President Oddo. “I’m pleased to partner with Uber on this program, which will make it easier for women to get to and from their necessary appointments. Now there’s absolutely no excuse for not getting screened. We know that mammograms are important preventative measures for women. The earlier cancer is found, the easier it is to treat. Despite recommendations to the contrary from some organizations, experts continue to emphasize the importance of mammograms in detecting breast cancer. Thank you to Uber for being a good corporate partner and working with us to improve women’s health in our borough. I urge Staten Island women to get screened in the month of October and to take advantage of this free program if they need a ride.”
“Access to transportation should never be a barrier to receiving care,” said Sarfraz Maredia, Uber General Manager for Northeast U.S. and Canada. “Uber is honored to work with the Borough President to offer all Staten Island women a reliable way to get to and from their appointments, and we encourage all residents to take advantage of these free rides during Breast Cancer Awareness month.”
In addition to the free rides, BP Oddo is sponsoring his fourth round of free mobile mammography screenings this year. The screenings will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd. The mobile mammography van will be at the Beacon Christian Community Health Center (2079 Forest Avenue) from 9:30am to 4:30pm. There will also be a van at Hylan Plaza Parking Lot in New Dorp (near CVS) from 9:00am to 12:00pm and at Bricktown Commons (Michael's Parking Lot) in Charleston from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
The screenings will be available to eligible women ages 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past year. All insurance plans will be accepted, and co-pays and deductibles will be waived. The mammograms will be free to uninsured women.
An appointment must be made to get screened on October 3. To make an appointment at Beacon Christian Community Health Center, call (877) 628-9090. To make an appointment at the Bricktown Commons or Hylan Plaza locations, call (800) 564-6868. Since all screenings in October are included in this announcement, the screenings scheduled for October 3 are eligible for the free Uber ride. Women should simply call the Borough President’s office at 718-816-2198 after making their appointment for the code for the free ride or to receive a free ride to screening appointments throughout the rest of the month.
The October 3 screenings are sponsored by the New York State Cancer Services Program, the Cancer Services Program of Staten Island, and the American-Italian Cancer Foundation.