Celebrating Our 2017 Grantees

On March 27, To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation was pleased to award a total of $280,000 in grants to 19 Bay Area nonprofit organizations. The grants were given to 19 nonprofits which help women and men with breast health issues. They provide emergency, direct and patient navigation services, financial support for the underserved, holistic complementary therapies, diagnostics and emotional support programs. Grant recipients are located throughout the 9-county Bay Area.

These awards bring the total granted since the organization’s inception in 1996 to $4.83 million. The recipients were chosen from a pool of applicants by the Foundation’s Grants Review Committee, which is made up of community health and medical leaders, breast cancer survivors, Foundation supporters and past and present Foundation directors.

For more information, read the overview of grants.

2017 GranteesTop row from left: Charis Pasley, Tim and Jeannie Hamann Foundation; Linda Dovbish, Ceres Community Project;  Morgan Hewitt, Cancer Support Sonoma; Alison Gause, Marin General Hospital Foundation; Regan Fedric, Sunflower Wellness; Judith  Bilentnikoff Harkins, Shanti Project; Shawanna Emerson, Alameda Health System Foundation; Cecile Gregorio Ascalon, Pilipino Senior Resource Center; Kristen Zeitzer, Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS); Linda Wardlaw, Charlotte Maxwell Clinic; Mireya Segura, Latina Breast Cancer Agency; Dolores Moorehead, Women’s Cancer Resource Center
Front row from left: Cindi Cantril, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation; Sharon Meyer, Institute for Health and Healing; Maria Sousa, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund; Fern Orenstein, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation; Kathleen Woodcock, Marin Center For Independent Living; Vera Packard, HERS Breast Cancer Foundation; Donaji Olivares, Bay Area Cancer Connections — Photo: Glen Graves

Grant Recipients 2017:

Alameda Health Care Foundation – Oakland

Emergency Assistance for Breast Cancer Patients
Breast cancer patients with financial hardships receive assistance related to their treatment and recovery. Support includes transportation, financial assistance for housing, food; medical supplies and personal hygiene.

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.

Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS)  – San Francisco

Writing Retreats for Young Women
Complementary writing therapy support retreats for young women living with breast cancer. Open to women under age 45 who live in any of the 9 San Francisco Bay Area counties.

Breast Cancer Emergency Fund – San Francisco

Emergency Financial Assistance
Quick and compassionate emergency financial assistance is available to help low-income people battling breast cancer in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Funds cover basic human needs, lessen financial burdens and improve quality of life for these patients.

Cancer Support SonomaSonoma

Return to Wellness
This program offers complementary therapies of acupuncture, massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu, emotional counseling and support groups to help people with breast cancer and improve quality of life.

Ceres Community ProjectSebastopol

Nourishing Meal Support and Nutrition Education for Breast Cancer Patients
Teenagers come together to prepare nourishing food for people recovering from breast cancer and their family members in Marin County. The project helps educate clients and young people alike about how organic meals and supplemental food products support improved treatment outcomes.

Charlotte Maxwell Clinic – Oakland

Integrative Medicine and Basic Human Resources for Low-Income Women
Integrative medicine tools (acupuncture, massage therapy, herbs, guided imagery, stress reduction, exercise and nutrition) are available for comprehensive breast cancer management to low-income, uninsured women with breast cancer.

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation Fremont

Lymphedema Project
This program provides garments for prevention and treatment of lymphedema that can occur after treatment of breast cancer.

Institute For Health & HealingGreenbrae

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 AgencySan Francisco

Mujeres Cuidando Mujeres/Women Caring for Women Patient Navigation
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 LivingSan Rafael

Mary Mathews Breast Cancer and 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 FoundationGreenbrae

Screening and Diagnostic Fund for Uninsured and Under-Insured Individuals
Breast screening and diagnostic testing, mammograms, ultrasounds, MRI screenings and biopsies for low income, uninsured or under-insured individuals facing disparities in breast cancer detection.

Pilipino Senior Resource Center – San Francisco

Kapwa Kalinga – “Care for Each Other” Navigation and Emergency Services
Underserved Filipinas with breast cancer receive navigational assistance, transportation and emergency support services.

San Francisco General Hospital FoundationSan 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 ProjectSan 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 WellnessSan Francisco

Beyond Breast Cancer
reast cancer patients and survivors in Marin County receive exercise counseling and customized exercise plans to help with their recovery.

Sutter Pacific Medical FoundationSanta Rosa

Resource Navigation and Support to Latino Patients
Ensures at-risk individuals will have much-needed resource navigation services, screening, diagnostic and financial coordination of cancer care and support services.

Tim and Jeannie Hamann Foundation Benicia

Make a Difference – Help for Those with Breast Cancer
Direct and emergency services to Solano County breast cancer patients who do not have the resources to meet basic needs.  Emergency financial assistance includes transportation to treatments, utilities, food and housing expenses.

Women’s Cancer Resource Center – Oakland

Emergency Financial Assistance and Cancer Navigation
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