Celebrating Our 2016 Grantees
On March 28, To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation was pleased to award a total of $300,000 in grants to 16 Bay Area nonprofit organizations. This brought the amount granted since the Foundation’s inception in 1996 to over $4.55 million.
The Grants Board is made up of local health and community leaders, as well as members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
For more information, read the overview of grants.
2016 Grantees – Top row from left: Kate Weigel, Institute for Health and Healing; Cassandra Falby, Women’s Cancer Resource Center; Alison Gause, Marin General Hospital Foundation; Regan Fedric, Sunflower Wellness; Devereaux Smith, Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic; Jin Kim, Alameda Health System Foundation; Cathryn Couch, Ceres Community Project; Colleen Kleier, Bay Area Cancer Connections
Front row from left: Mireya Segura, Latina Breast Cancer Agency; Sandra Nathan, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund; Judith Harkins, Shanti Project; Cindi Cantril, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation Cancer Support Services; Vera Packard, HERS Breast Cancer Foundation; Kathleen Woodcock, Marin Center For Independent Living; Cecile Gregorio Ascalon, Pilipino Senior Resource Center; Fern Orenstein, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation — Photo: Patty Spinks
Grant Recipients 2016:
Alameda Health System Foundation – Berkeley
Transportation Fund for Breast Cancer Patients
Breast cancer patients who are underserved receive transportation vouchers to help them get to appointments where they receive essential, life-saving treatment and services.
Bay Area Cancer Connections – Palo Alto
Gabriella Patser Program
Funds screening and diagnostic services for underserved women under 40 years of age and men of all ages in Marin County who are at risk for breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Emergency Fund – San Francisco/San Mateo/Santa Clara
Emergency Financial Assistance
Quick and compassionate emergency financial assistance is available to help low-income people battling breast cancer in these three counties. Funds cover basic human needs, lessen financial burdens and improve quality of life for these patients.
Ceres Community Project – Sebastopol/San Rafael/Alameda
Healing Meals for Breast Cancer Patients
Teenagers come together to prepare nourishing food for people recovering from breast cancer and their family members. The project helps educate clients and young people alike about how organic meals and supplemental food products support improved treatment outcomes.
Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic – Oakland
Addressing Unmet Needs of Low-Income Women with Breast Cancer
Low income women living with breast cancer can benefit from complementary therapies to ease side effects of treatment. They also receive emergency funds, medications, transportation, garments and translation. In addition, culturally and linguistically appropriate navigation, advocacy and interpretation is available to help them understand their treatment options.
HERS Breast Cancer Foundation – Fremont/Palo Alto/Pleasanton
This program provides garments for prevention and treatment of lymphedema that can occur after treatment of breast cancer.
Institute For Health & Healing – Greenbrae
Holistic Support for Breast Cancer Patients
The Institute administers holistic care services including therapeutic massage and other complementary therapies to recently diagnosed breast cancer patients in Marin to support them during treatment.
Latina Breast Cancer Agency – San Francisco
Mujeres Cuidando Mujeres/Women Caring for Women
Patient navigation service helps underserved Latinas age 40 and over obtain access to quality breast cancer screening, follow-up care and treatment at no cost.
Marin Center for Independent Living – San Rafael
Mary Mathews Breast Cancer Advocacy Project
Underserved individuals in Marin County diagnosed with breast cancer receive help in navigating the health care system in order to acquire and maintain medical insurance. Also, the project provides emergency services including housing and financial planning and assistance during treatment and recovery.
Marin General Hospital Foundation – Greenbrae
Strength ABC Training Program for Lymphedema Patients and Diagnostic Fund
Evidence-based strength training is available for individuals living with or at risk of lymphedema. In addition, the uninsured or underserved can receive financial assistance for MRI screenings, diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds.
Pilipino Senior Resource Center – San Francisco/San Mateo
Kapwa Kalinga – “Care for Each Other”
Underserved Filipinas with breast cancer receive navigational assistance, transportation and emergency support services.
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation – San Francisco
Lymphedema Education and Referral Program (LERP)
Lymphedema education and treatment is offered to diverse underserved breast cancer patients in San Francisco. The program also includes services such as garments, transportation and supplies.
Shanti Project – San Francisco
Margot Murphy Breast Cancer Program
Underserved low income women diagnosed with breast cancer have access to navigation and emergency services. These include translation, food and taxi vouchers to get patients to and from their treatment.
Sunflower Wellness – San Francisco/Marin
Beyond Breast Cancer
Breast cancer patients and survivors in Marin County receive exercise counseling and customized exercise plans to help with their recovery.
Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation – Santa Rosa
Resource Navigation to Latinos
Ensures at-risk individuals will have much-needed resource navigation services, screening, diagnostic and financial coordination of cancer care and support services.
Women’s Cancer Resource Center – Oakland
Emergency Financial Assistance
Emergency financial assistance and services are available to low-income women diagnosed with breast cancer who are actively in treatment in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties