Celebrating Our 2018 Grantees

On March 26, To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation was pleased to award a total of $325,000 in grants to 24 Bay Area nonprofit organizations which help women and men with breast health issues. They provide emergency, direct and patient navigation services, financial assistance for the underserved, holistic complementary therapies, diagnostics and emotional support programs to the underserved. Grant recipients are located throughout the nine-county Bay Area.

These awards bring the total granted since the organization’s inception in 1996 to over $5 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.

2018 GranteesBack row from left: Mary Dunbar, Samaritan House; Neha Patel, Community Health Partnership; Ralph Koenker, MD, Novato Community Hospital; Mitesh Popat, MD MPH, Marin Community Clinics; Wil Lacro, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center; Joanne Nichols, Tim and Jeannie Hamann Foundation; Cindi Cantril, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation; Judith Harkins, Shanti Project; Ellen Carroll, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center; Olivia Fè, Latina Breast Cancer Foundation; Linda Dovbish, Ceres Community Project; Kirstin Litz, HERS Breast Cancer Foundation; Nola Agha, Bay Area Young Survivors; Jim Bouquin, Cancer Support Community

Front row from left: Pam Pierson, Charlotte Maxwell Clinic; Amira Barger, Project Open Hand; Jenny Johnson, Sunflower Wellness; Alison Gause, Marin General Hospital Foundation; Juvy Barbonio, Pilipino Senior Resource Center; Julia Stiefel, Institute for Health and Healing; Fern Orenstein, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation; Kathleen Woodcock, Marin Center for Independent Living; Dolores Moorehead, Women’s Cancer Resource Center; Pam Koppel, Cancer Support Sonoma

Photo: Glen Graves

Grant Recipients 2018:

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – Oakland

Under/Uninsured Fund for Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis – Carol Ann Read Breast Health Program) (CARBHP)
This program provides diagnostic testing for under/uninsured patients.

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.

Cancer Support Community – Walnut Creek

Emergency Financial Assistance and Counseling
This program offers emergency financial assistance and counseling to low-income women with breast cancer living in East Contra Costa County.

Cancer Support Sonoma – Sonoma Valley Hospital FoundationSonoma

Cancer Support Sonoma
This program offers breast cancer patients in Sonoma Valley and surrounding areas, with navigational, complementary therapies and direct support services to 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.

Community Health Partnership – San Jose

Community Mammography Access Project (CMAP)
This program provides navigational assistance for mammograms for underserved women by addressing barriers to screening services in order to reduce late stage breast cancer diagnosis among medically underserved women in Santa Clara County.

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 Community Clinics – Novato

Breast Health Transportation Services
The program provides transportation for breast health care appointments for low-income women and men.

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.

Novato Community Hospital – Sutter Pacific Hospital Foundation – Novato

Breast Health Scholarship Fund
The scholarship fund provides diagnostic testing for low-income women.

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.

Project Open Hand – San Francisco

Nutrition Program for Breast Cancer Patients
The program provides medically-taylored meals and/or groceries and nutritional education for low-income breast cancer patients. Based on level of illness, meals can be delivered to clients.

Samaritan House – San Mateo

Samaritan House Breast Care Clinic
Navigation for breast care and mammograms is provided for uninsured women.

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

The Kimberly M. Kouri Beyond Breast Cancer Program
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.

Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center – Hayward

Screenings and Emergency Funds for Low-Income Alameda County Women
Navigational assistance is provided for low-income women with abnormal breast diagnostic results.

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.