American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer mobilizes education and screening for breast cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania
In 2012, hundreds of Northeast Pennsylvania residents joined forces to change the course of breast cancer forever at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walk. The funds raised are helping the American Cancer Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow. The dollars raised are currently funding groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer; are ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them; and are providing free resources and support to the one in two newly diagnosed women who turn to the American Cancer Society for help, including transportation and lodging during treatment.
Here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, funds raised by Making Strides supporters have also contributed to a community grant given to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and their initiative to increase breast cancer screening for women in need in our area through the Patient Navigation Program. This program helps guide uninsured and underinsured women who are not up to date with breast cancer screenings through the process of screening, and if necessary treatment and aftercare. For more information about the Patient Navigation Program, call 1-800-424-6724 or visit www.cancernepa.org. Through the American Cancer Society’s partnership with the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, this project is expected to reach 140 women with life-saving information and screenings.
After a competitive application process and review, the American Cancer Society Making Strides Community Partnership Grants like the one with the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute have been awarded to 18 different community health organizations throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. These qualified partners are currently working to make sure all women have access to screening they need through community outreach, and breast cancer education.
To learn more about how you can support the fight against breast cancer in your community, visit makingstrideswalk.org.