Brazosport Health Foundation manages a breast cancer outreach program and a nursing scholarship fund. These programs provide a direct service to the community and offer another way for you to designate the purpose of your gift to the Foundation.
The Mermaid Project
The Mermaid Project exists to transform potential victims of breast cancer into survivors. The Mermaid Project began in October 2003 as a community outreach effort to provide mammograms for women who would otherwise receive no breast cancer screening due to financial barriers. The Project has since evolved into a resource and referral program, providing breast cancer screening, diagnostics and treatment to qualifying medically-underserved people in our community. Since June 2006, over 1,000 women have benefitted from these medical services. The Mermaid Project also facilitates a monthly breast cancer support group and hosts breast health education sessions throughout the community. For more information or to have someone speak to your group about breast health, please email TheMermaidProject@brhstx.org or call 979-297-3733. For your convenience, The Mermaid Project brochure is available in English and Spanish for additional information about the program.
Adelaide R. Thorpe Scholarship Fund
The Adelaide R. Thorpe Scholarship Fund is for nursing students with demonstrated academic ability and a desire to care for those who are injured or ill. The scholarship fund is named in honor of Adelaide Thorpe, a hospital volunteer for 60 years. Known as one of the founding “Pink Ladies,” the original all-lady group of hospital volunteers, Mrs. Thorpe continued as a Pink Lady for many years. During that time, Mrs. Thorpe joined the hospital’s Board of Trustees and also became a member of the Institutional Review Board. She has remained on the Institutional Review Board for 37 years and continues to be an active member. She is also currently serving as a member of the Brazosport Health Foundation Board of Directors.
The scholarship provides a Brazosport College nursing student with money for tuition, books, and some living expenses. Recipients are expected to volunteer some of their time at Brazosport Regional while in school, and then work at the hospital for two years following the completion of their nursing education. Mrs. Thorpe believes that “nurses are God’s angels of mercy.” Please click here to meet the first recipient of the Adelaide R. Thorpe Scholarship.