2013 Grantees

It’s The Journey awarded grants to 19 Georgia breast health and breast cancer programs through money raised from the 2012 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer:

Healthy Northeast Georgia Women 

Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe Counties

This program provides education, clinical exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms on-site and in the community for homeless, uninsured and low-income women over the age of 40 in the Northeast Georgia area.

ATHENS REGIONAL FOUNDATION– Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support
Breast Health Patient Support Services 
Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, and Oglethorpe Counties

This project includes genetic counseling and testing, a video designed for patient education for pre-operative breast surgery patients, low-cost mammograms for underinsured and uninsured women, mammogram reminder cards and a breast cancer patient education handbook for record-keeping during the diagnosis, treatment and recovery process.

Breast Health Nurse Navigator 
Bartow County

This program provides referrals and financial support for mammograms and screenings.  The Nurse Navigator provides support that includes scheduling appointments and answering questions about medical referrals,  discussing doctor visits, labs, x-rays, or medication.  The Nurse navigator educates the patients allowing them to ask questions and more thoroughly understand their medical condition and treatment.

Living Fully with Breast Cancer 
Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties

This program helps people, affected by cancer, enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support, education and hope.  All services are offered free of charge to people with cancer and their loved ones.  Programs include professionally led support groups, education forums hosted by leaders in the medical community, gentle exercise and stress reduction classes, nutrition demonstrations, and social activities.

Asian Breast Care 
Metro Atlanta including Cobb, DeKalb, and Gwinnett Counties

The Asian Breast Care (ABC) program aims to reduce the burden of breast cancer among uninsured and underinsured Asian American women by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering.  ABC provides individual and group level education about self-breast exams and ways to access affordable mammogram services and clinical breast exams; and follow-up services for women who receive mammogram services.  Additionally, the CPACS provides culturally and linguistically appropriate patient navigation; health education and support for clinical preventive services, including transportation, outreach, and interpretation.

Wellness on Wheels Breast Cancer Screening Project 
DeKalb and surrounding counties

This project will provide funding for breast cancer screenings and evaluation of breast abnormalities for low income, uninsured people of DeKalb County and the surrounding counties, who are sensitive to language and might experience language barriers.  Each person receiving a mammogram will also receive a clinical breast exam and self breast exam education.  When indicated, further diagnostic procedures are provided including diagnostic mammogram, breast ultrasound, MRI, surgical consultation, and biopsy.

All in the Family: Breast Health Education from Girls to Women 

Banks, Barrow, Burke, Clarke, Columbia, Elbert, Emanuel, Franklin, Glascock, Greene, Hancock, Hart, Jackson, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lincoln, Madison, McDuffie, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Walton, Warren, Washington, and Wilkes Counties

This program is designed to be culturally sensitive and addresses culturally specific health beliefs in order to tailor services to African American females; however, no woman interested in the program will be turned away.  This program will increase awareness of breast cancer risks, emphasize the importance and necessity of screening and self-exams, clarify the screening process, provide information on where to receive mammograms and how/where to receive reduced price mammograms. This program will also provide client reminder cards, group education as well as one-on-one question and answer sessions and information on how to reduce out of pocket costs.

Bridging the Grady GAP – Genetic Access Program for Individuals at Risk for Hereditary Breast Cancer 
Fulton, DeKalb and surrounding counties

Bridging the Grady GAP will provide access to genetic counseling and genetic testing for individuals who have a personal family history suggestive of a hereditary risk for breast cancer who are uninsured or covered by Medicaid/Medicare.  Program participants will be identified through the Avon Comprehensive Breast Cancer in the Grady Health System.

Women’s Health Screening Program 
DeKalb and Fulton Counties

This program will provide screening mammograms and diagnostic testing for women who are uninsured and would not otherwise have access to these life-saving tests.  These patients will experience the full benefit of comprehensive breast health care in the context of their relationship with a medical healthcare professional at The Good Samaritan Health Center.  If further diagnostic testing is required through ultrasound and/or biopsy, those procedures will be funded as well.  This program especially targets women who are most in need of access to healthcare services and most at risk because of income and/or race.

Care-a-Van Mobile Mammography Unit
Gwinnett, Fulton, & Dekalb Counties

Through the Care-a-Van program, GMC makes mammograms convenient by offering services at employers and health fairs, and providing mammograms to underserved women in the community. The Care-a-Van is a mobile mammography unit and offers mammograms performed by experienced mammography specialists and interpretation by board-certified radiologists with an advanced expertise in mammography. This grant will provide 150 mammograms to underserved women in Gwinnett County.

Compression with Compassion 

Metro Atlanta area

The current treatments for breast cancer can cause damage to the lymphatic system, which can result in the accumulation of lymphatic fluids in the person’s tissues, or lymphedema. Estimates show that 15%-40% of all breast cancer survivors will develop lymphedema during their lifetime. Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the accepted multifaceted treatment to effectively reduce the symptoms of lymphedema. The key component of CDT is gradient compression. The goal of Compression with Compassion is to aid the Lighthouse Lymphedema Network’s financial assistance program, the Bandages and Garments Fund, in providing a set of compression garments to those in financial need. By providing people with the appropriate tools to best manage their lymphedema, we assist them in reducing the physical and psychosocial side effects of their lymphedema and enhancing their quality of life.

Screening Mammography and Diagnostic Services Project 
Dawson, Hall, Lumpkin, and Pickens Counties

To provide free screening mammography and diagnostic services (including diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, biopsies and cyst aspirations) to qualified individuals.  Uninsured women, especially those living in Dawson, Hall, Lumpkin and other outlying counties will be targeted.

Check It Out!® 

Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties

This program is a no fee breast health and cancer awareness program that strives to educate young women about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.  Young women will learn the proper technique for breast self examination, information about risk factors, healthy lifestyle choices and the importance of knowing their own bodies so they can recognize changes.  The life saving importance of early detection is emphasized at each presentation.

Northwest Georgia Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Education Program 
Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, and Walker Counties

This program, in coordination with the local Public Health District, will provide biopsies for women of any age who present, at the health departments in 8 counties, with a questionable clinical breast exam, suspicious mammogram or physician’s referral which requires a biopsy for diagnosis. It will also assist with seven middle school mother/daughter events through Northwest Georgia.  The focus of the events is breast and cervical cancer awareness, self-breast examinations, and other women’s health issues.

Fighting Breast Cancer Through Genetics 
Twenty-eight metro Atlanta counties

The grant will provide genetic counseling and testing for high risk individuals who are medically underserved or uninsured, have been determined to be eligible for genetic testing, and live in the twenty-eight counties in metropolitan Atlanta.  Identifying and counseling these women to explore management options with their health care team is a profound step in reducing future breast cancer diagnoses.  If a genetic predisposition is identified, it also benefits family members who can then pursue predictive testing to learn about their risks for developing breast cancer.

PINK at Piedmont 

Metro Atlanta area

PINK at Piedmont is a comprehensive wellness program for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.  Designed to speed recovery and reduce reoccurrence, PINK is a rolling 12-week exercise, nutrition, and support program offered free-of-charge to Piedmont and non-Piedmont breast cancer patients in the Atlanta area.

Breast Health Nurse Navigator 

Clayton, Fayette, south Fulton, and Henry Counties

This program will help support 40 percent of a breast health nurse navigator’s time to guide and support Piedmont Fayette Hospital patients with breast cancer from the point of diagnosis throughout the course of their treatment, helping to ensure the patients receive timely and appropriate care that helps improve their outcomes and their chance for survival.

Mission Possible: Bridging the Mammography Gap 
Bryan, Chatham, and Effingham Counties

This program provides breast health services at no cost to disparate patients meeting established financial criteria.  This program closes the gap in services for the working poor who are uninsured or underinsured.  The purpose is to decrease breast cancer morbidity/mortality by providing mammography, ultrasound, biopsy, breast cancer educational outreach, and patient navigation through survivorship.  These services promote and provide screening mammography as a way to find cancer at the earliest state when it is most easily treated and survivable.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) 
Metro Atlanta area

This program serves high-risk minority women in the metropolitan Atlanta area.  The program is a full continuum of care offering accessible health care, education, and support. Program activities include educational sessions, clinical breast exams, pelvic exams, Pap tests, mammography, diagnostic services, patient navigation, and ongoing follow-up and support.

Rehabilitation and Educational Programs for Women with Breast Cancer 

Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties

This project will serve breast cancer survivors in the Greater Atlanta area by providing specialized rehabilitation services and educational programs that address physical and emotional survivorship issues.  The grant will support a financial assistance program to allow access to physical therapy, massage therapy, counseling and nutritional counseling for uninsured and underinsured women with breast cancer.  In addition, it will support educational programs related to survivorship issues and programs for women with metastatic breast cancer.