2016 Grantees

Healthy Northeast Georgia Women 

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

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


Coordinated Community Breast Health Outreach
17 County Region in Northeast Georgia

The Coordinated Community Breast Health Outreach program aims to increase access to breast health education and perform clinical breast exams among vulnerable populations at the Community Care Clinic. The program also provides access to low income, uninsured, or underinsured women to screening mammograms and advanced diagnostic procedures where necessary through the Breast Health Center. Funding provided by It’s The Journey supports clinical breast exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms, biopsies, and ultrasounds.

Patient Financial Assistance
Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding, Rockdale, Newton, and Walton counties

This program helps relieve financial stress for patients facing an immediate financial need as a direct or indirect result of their breast cancer treatment. Money is applied towards living expenses such as mortgage or rent payments, utility bills, groceries, transportation, medications, medical equipment, and similar expenses.

Wise Women Rural Breast Cancer Outreach Education and Screening Program
Lee and Terrell Counties

The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia will deliver a multi-component, evidence-based intervention to increase breast cancer awareness and screening among women in the rural communities of Lee and Terrell counties. Funding from It’s The Journey goes to support screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, and ultrasounds.

The Financial Assistance Program
Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Taliaferro, Stephens, Walton, & Wilkins counties

This program provides emergency monetary assistance to individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment who are experiencing an immediate financial crisis because they cannot pay for basic life needs such as rent, utilities, medication, or transportation.

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

This program helps people affected by breast cancer to enhance their health and well-being through participation in professional programs of emotional support, education, and hope.  All services are offered free of charge to people with breast 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, supported yoga, and nutrition demonstrations.

Community Breast Health Initiative
Metro Atlanta Area

Through the Breast Health Initiative the CBWW will identify women who are in need of breast health education and services. The program will provide clinical breast exams, screening mammography services, and diagnostic services to uninsured, under insured, unemployed or low income women. A Breast Health Advocate will ensure linkage to care and treatment for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer through the program.

Have you been Screened? Mammography Program
29 Counties including Athens-Clarke County, Greene County, Burke County, Richmond County (Augusta)

This program will increase community access to mammogram services by addressing structural barriers (such as costs of screening, transportation, and parking) and reducing out of pocked costs. The program will also reduce the time and distance between sites and patients, and will offer services during non-traditional hours and additional alternative settings to increase accessibility. Funding from It’s The Journey goes to support both screening and diagnostic programs for this program.

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 being treated at Grady Hospital who have a personal or family history suggestive of a hereditary risk for breast cancer and who are uninsured or covered by Medicaid or Medicare.

Breast Disease Prevention & Treatment Program 
Hall County

This program will provide free screening mammograms to uninsured Hall County residents with no other access to care. If additional follow-up is recommended or if any abnormalities are present, the program will provide free diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds in partnership with Northeast Georgia Medical Center, or follow-up with a specialty care provider through Health Access.

Women’s Health Screenings 
DeKalb and Fulton counties

This program will provide vouchers for screening mammograms and diagnostic testing for women who are uninsured and would not otherwise have access to these life-saving tests.   If further diagnostic testing is required through ultrasounds, 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.

Women’s Preventative Health Maintenance Program
Cobb County

The Women’s Preventative Health Maintenance program arranges diagnostic and screening mammograms for women who would otherwise forgo the luxury of preventative healthcare. Funding from It’s The Journey supports both screening and diagnostic mammograms through this program.

Digital Mobile Mammography
Gwinnett county

The Digital Mobile Mammography project will provide funding for underinsured people in Gwinnett County by partnering with clinics and multi-cultural health fairs. Digital mammography is administered on the Care-A-Van at regularly scheduled sites. All patients receive written results and are contacted if follow up is necessary, provided by physicians at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Breast Cancer Prevention through Education and Screening

Metro Atlanta, Chatham, and Clark counties

This project will heighten breast health awareness and prevention efforts among individuals through targeted breast health messaging and increased access to mammograms and clinical breast exams. The Health Initiative will focus on breast education messaging that is culturally specific to sub-populations of women within the LGBT community of Georgia. Those education efforts will directly link to free screening opportunities with culturally competent providers.

Early Detection for Patients with Dense Breasts
Bartow County

The Early Detection for Patients with Dense Breasts program assists patients who have dense breasts (and are therefore less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer via traditional mammograms) gain access to Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) as well as an Ultrasound Guided Biopsy if needed. Funding from It’s the Journey will go to support ABUS mammograms and ultrasounds.

Compression for the Cause
Metro Atlanta area

This program will provide financial assistance for the Bandages and Garment Fund. This fund provides compression garments or bandages for lymphedema management for breast cancer patients.

Breast Health Education and Screening Program 
Bibb County

The Breast Health Education and Screening Program provides uninsured residents of Bibb County with annual breast exams, breast self-exam education, and access to mammograms. If the mammogram results necessitate it, the Macon Volunteer Clinic coordinates additional breast health services for the patient, including diagnostic mammograms, spot compression views, ultrasounds, surgical consults, and biopsies.

MRMC Breast Health Program
Toombs, Montgomery, and Tattnall Counties

The Meadows Regional Medical Center Breast Health Program aims to continue to enhance and expand the local infrastructure to improve outreach education and access to screening, diagnosis, and treatment for breast cancer and to increase awareness of breast health to effect change among vulnerable women in Vidalia, Georgia and in the surrounding counties. Funding from It’s The Journey to support mammograms.

Breast & Cervical Cancer Program 
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, mammography, diagnostic services, patient navigation, and ongoing follow-up and support services. The goal is to increase early detection by providing a continuum of care that addresses the cultural, linguistic and economic barriers to care often faced by low-income minority women. Funding from It’s The Journey goes to support diagnostic mammograms, biopsies, and ultrasounds.

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

This program will provide no cost screening mammography and diagnostic services to financially eligible women. Services are provided at any of Northside’s 16 imaging centers or 21 mobile mammography sites. Uninsured women, especial those living in Dawson, Hall, Lumpkin and other outlying counties will be targeted.

Albany Pink Crisis Fund
Southwest Georgia

The Albany Pink Crisis Fund helps patients from throughout Southwest Georgia who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Through donations received by the Phoebe Foundation, the goal of the Albany Pink Crisis Fund is to help alleviate stress of extraordinary circumstances so patients who have lost all or part of their income as a result of their breast cancer diagnosis can be as comfortable and compliant with treatment as possible. Patients are screened and needs such as rent, mortgage payment, transportation, utilities, childcare, and others are determined by social workers of Phoebe Cancer Center.

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.  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 provides 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 Screening and Diagnostic Services for Uninsured Women
Coweta County and surrounding areas

This program will provide screening and diagnostic mammograms for individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford these services. Patients who present an abnormal mammogram will be eligible for a breast ultrasound and, if necessary, a biopsy to determine the presence of cancer.

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

This program will provide breast health services to the underserved at no cost to patients meeting established financial criteria. Services which will close the gap for the working poor include: screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and image-guided breast biopsies.

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.

Mammography Voucher Program
Cobb, Douglas, Paulding, and Cherokee counties

This project will provide vouchers for free mammograms for women who are not able to afford or otherwise have access to this service. The goal of this program will be to diagnose and treat breast cancer at an earlier stage which will result in a higher rate of survivorship.


“Prevention and Treatment of Breast Cancer Bone Metastasis with UBS109”

This research project aims to eliminate the mortality associated with metastatic breast cancer, and to revolutionize treatment regimens by replacing drugs carrying life threatening toxicities with safer, effective interventions. Specifically, the objective is to develop and establish a novel therapeutic approach with less toxicity for breast cancer bone metastasis by treatment with UBS109- a synthesized derivative of the spice turmeric.


“Novel Mechanism-Based Targeted Therapy for TNBC Resistance”

African-American women with BRCA1 mutation often develop aggressive forms of Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), however the mechanism of TNBC development is not known. TNBCs are less likely to be diagnosed at screening mammography, and tend to be diagnosed at an advanced stage. Currently, there are no targeted therapies that directly target women with TNBC leaving traditional chemotherapy as the only modality of treatment. Results obtained from this study will identify what drives the growth of aggressive TNBC, what is the molecular mechanism of chemoresistance and recurrence which will help in the development of new biomarkers that can predict both disease progression and drug response early in women with TNBC thus stopping recurrence. It will also lead to the development of targeted treatments to resensitize innately resistant tumors to conventional chemotherapy thus preventing recurrence.