Celebrating Our 2019 Grantees

On April 3, To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation was pleased to award a total of $375,000 in grants to 22 Bay Area nonprofit organizations which help women and men with breast health issues. They provide emergency, direct and patient navigation services, financial assistance, 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 nearly $5.5 million. Grant recipients were chosen from a pool of applicants by the Foundation’s Grants Review Committee, which consists of community health and medical leaders, Foundation supporters, past and present Foundation Board Directors, many who have personally experienced breast cancer. For more information, read the overview of grants

2019 Grantees – Back row from left: Cindi Cantril, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation–Resource Navigation to Latinos; Christina Fernandez Steckler, HERS Breast Cancer Foundation; Sharon Meyer, Institute for Health and Healing; Jason Wong, MD, Samaritan House; Gabriella Quezada-Perez, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation; Tim Hamann, Tim and Jeannie Hamann Foundation; Ricardo Fouster, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center-Carol Ann Read Breast Health Program; Regan Fedric, Sunflower Wellness; Ana Ayala, Project Open Hand; Anna Jeon, Community Health Partnership; Alison Garrett, Marin General Hospital Foundation; Teri Adolfo, Cancer Support Sonoma; Darcie Green, Latinas Contra Cancer; Juvy Barbonio, Pilipino Senior Resource Center

Front row from left: Colleen Carvalho, Bay Area Cancer Connections; Fern Orenstein, Breastoration Ink; Judith Biletnikoff Harkins, Shanti Project; Eli Gelardin, Marin Center for Independent Living; Karen Edwards, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund; Dolores Moorehead, Women’s Cancer Resource Center; Susan Parnes, Ceres Community Project

Not pictured: Melbra Watts, Charlotte Maxwell Clinic

— Photo: Glen Graves

Grant Recipients 2019:

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – Berkeley

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 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.

Breast Cancer Emergency Fund – San Francisco

Emergency Financial Assistance to Low-Income Breast Cancer Patients
People in need receive financial assistance to continue life-extending medical treatments, avoid utility shut-off, prevent eviction and maintain stable housing while they battle breast cancer.

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 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

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 & 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.

Latinas Contra Cancer – San Jose

Patient Navigation for Breast Cancer Care and Prevention in the Latino Community
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
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.

Project Open Hand – San Francisco

Nutrition Program for Breast Cancer Patients
The program provides medically-tailored 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 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 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.

Sunflower Wellness – San Francisco

The Sunflower Wellness 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 Foundation – Resource Navigation to Latinos –
Santa Rosa

Resource Navigation and Support for Latino Breast Cancer 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

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.