Celebrating Our 2020 Grantees

To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation was thrilled to award $400,000 in grants to 21 Bay Area nonprofit organizations which support women and men with breast health issues. These awards bring the total granted to over $6.5 million since To Celebrate Life’s inception in 1996.
These organizations provide emergency, direct and diagnostic services, patient navigation, financial assistance, holistic complementary therapies and emotional support programs to underserved breast cancer patients. Grant recipients are located throughout the nine-county Bay Area. Grant recipients were chosen from a pool of applicants by the Foundation’s Grants Review Committee, which consists of community health and medical leaders, supporters, past and present Foundation Board Directors, many who have personally experienced breast cancer.
Although we were unable to honor the 2020 grantees in person at our annual Grants Reception due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, we are pleased to acknowledge and thank them for the important services and support they provide for breast cancer patients in our communities. Remember to follow us on Facebook as, weekly, we will feature a different 2020 grantee with information about the incredible work they are doing to assist breast cancer patients. For more information, read the overview of grants.

Grant Recipients 2020:

Bay Area Cancer Connections – Palo Alto

Access to Care Program
Bay Area Cancer Connections supports anyone affected by breast cancer with personalized services that inform and empower.

Breastoration Ink – San Rafael

3D Nipple Tatooing
Nipple and areolas are recreated with cosmetic tattoo pigment resulting in a natural looking breast. Tattoos appear realistic and can fool the brain and eye into thinking it is an actual dimensional nipple, playing an important role in feeling whole again both physically and emotionally.

Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area – Walnut Creek

East County Center – Emergency Financial Assistance
This program provides emergency financial assistance for breast cancer patients.

Cancer Support Sonoma – Sonoma

Navigational, Complementary and Direct Support Services for Breast Cancer Patients
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 Project – Sebastopol

Healing Meal 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 – Oakland

Integrative Medicine Services 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.

Drivers For Survivors Volunteer Driver Program – Fremont

Volunteer Companion Driver Program for Breast Cancer Patients
Drivers For Survivors provides free transportation service and supportive companionship for ambulatory cancer patients, from suspicious findings through completion of treatments.

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 & Healing – Novato

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.

Latinas Contra Cancer – San Jose

Expanding Access to Breast Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Care Through Patient Navigation
Latinas Contra Cancer is raising awareness about breast cancer in the underserved Latino community, increasing access to quality care, working to decrease mortality and improving the quality of the health care experience.

Marin Center for Independent Living – San 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.

MarinHealth Foundation – Greenbrae

Screening and Diagnostic Fund for Uninsured and Under-Insured Individuals; metastatic Safety Net
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 Support Assistance for Low-income Filipina Breast Cancer Patients
Underserved Filipinas with breast cancer receive navigational assistance, transportation and emergency support services.

Samaritan House – San Mateo

Samaritan House Breast Care Clinic
Navigation for breast care and mammograms are provided for low income and uninsured women.

Shanti Project – San Francisco

Shanti’s Margot Murphy Women’s 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.

Sutter Bay Hospitals DBA Alta Bates Summit Medical CenterOakland

Carol Ann Read Breast Health Program’s Underinsured/Uninsured Fund
This program provides diagnostic testing for under/uninsured patients.

Sutter Pacific Medical FoundationSanta Rosa

Interpretation, Resources & Support Group for Latino patients, Lymphedema sleeves
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

Making a Difference to Fight 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 – Berkeley

Emergency Financial Assistance and Breast 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.

Your contributions support multiple stages of treatment and a range of services for healing. We put your dollars to work in the community.