By JOSEPH HAMRICK
Some people’s lives have a lasting impact long after they die.
Tubby Adkisson is one such person.
The new mobile mammography unit was dedicated to Adkisson Monday in the parking lot of the Hunt Regional Medical Center.
Adkisson, founder of the Hunt County Opportunity Center, the Hunt County Association for Retarded Citizens, and the Greenville Hospital Auxiliary and Candy Stripers, died in January 2013 at the age of 87.
Dee Hilton, board campaign coordinator of Help on Wheels, said they chose a mobile mammography vehicle due to the high rate of women who go without mammograms in Hunt County.
“Over 50 percent of ladies who should be getting mammograms aren’t,” he said. “We get a lot of stage 3 breast cancer patients. We all knew the need was there.”
Hilton said he was pleased to see businesses and members of the community work together to make the mobile unit possible.
“I think it’s wonderful when local groups come together without the need of government support,” he said.
Hilton said it took the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees all of five seconds to decide to dedicate the vehicle to Tubby.
“She defined ‘volunteerism’ in Hunt County,” he said.
Tubby’s son, Richard Adkisson, said that, if she was still alive, Tubby would first be mad at the board, then tell them she did not deserve the distinction and that the mobile unit is a great thing for the women of Hunt County.
“This is a great honor for my mother,” he said. “Thank you for providing this.”
Richard said his mother used to tell him “not everybody can give money, but everybody can give time.” He said it was fitting that she would have a vehicle named after her, because of her work all over the county.
“Some people get a building or a wing named after them,” he said. “My mother gets a big honking thing that (travels) all over Hunt County helping women.”