I have been work ing with the National Breast Cancer Foundation for many years as one of three charities that our William Paterson University Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk supports. The staff has always been extremely helpful, providing educational resources, assistance with online giving and sending us a few give-a-ways for our walk. The foundation does great work to assist women who are living with breast cancer.
Our university's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk supports various charities. We have been working with NBCF for many years. The organization holds a 4-star rating and serves to educate as well as provide free mammograms to under-served populations. The staff is wonderful to work with and eager to supply us with educational materials and give-a-ways for our students. It's a win-win relationship.
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Novant Health Cancer Prevention and Early Detection (CPED) program have partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation for the past seven years to meet the growing needs of Mecklenburg and 12 neighboring counties. Mecklenburg County has the highest rates of late-stage breast cancer diagnosis in North Carolina. By offering comprehensive breast health education and screening awareness to all women regardless of socioeconomic status, CPED addresses the significant healthcare needs of uninsured/underserved patients in the region. National Breast Cancer Foundation funding provides women ages 40-49 years with screening mammograms, diagnostic procedures ad critical education from highly qualified breast cancer health staff. This partnership facilitates program growth and enhanced collaboration with community groups, churches and local free clinics, providing uninsured/underserved women access to breast health services at local Novant Health Breast Imaging centers and Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center's mammography mobile coach.
Patients presenting with an abnormal finding are enrolled in the navigation program and receive diagnostic services and/or referrals to the Novant Health Cancer Care High-Risk Clinic. A safety net of care is provided for these women, from screening through diagnosis navigation and survivorship. National Breast Cancer Foundation's continued support is making a difference in the lives of uninsured/underserved women, especially those with more aggressive breast cancers who may not receive education or lifesaving early breast cancer screening without financial assistance. Novant Health CPED program staff is deeply grateful for this valuable and productive partnership.
Maria Kuklinski Long MS, RD, LDN
Manager, Cancer Education Prevention and Early Detection Department
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Cancer Care
Thank you for supporting patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance! Your support of mammography services, patient navigation and biopsies for under- or uninsured women is a critical component of the quality care we strive to make available for all women in our region. We are grateful for your long term partnership and dedication to the cause!
Elizabeth Prescott, Ph.D.
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
NBCF has provided us with funds to provide navigation services for our uninsured and under-insured clients in Camden, NJ who have been screened and found to have breast abnormalities. Through these funds, we have been able to seamlessly process patients through the health care system, providing translation services, transportation services and case management as they undergo diagnostic services and treatment when needed. NBCF has been a wonderful partner with true interest in serving our community and we are blessed to have their support.
Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, RN, MSN, APN
Director Outreach, Prevention and Survivorship
Camden County Cancer Screening Project at Cooper
National Breast Cancer Foundation has been an ideal partner for us at Parkland Hospital. By working closely with them to articulate the needs of underserved and minority women in Dallas, we have had great synergy; and they have provided funding for mammography, diagnostics and most importantly, patient navigation services. NBCF is enthusiastic and caring in their work with us but also rigorous and consistent in their request for outcome measures, success stories and instances when they need our help to inspire others to give. We are pleased and proud to have their support and intend for ours to be a lifetime partnership.
On behalf of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, we are honored and thrilled to continue to receive funding to support a key element of our breast nurse navigation program. As an institution who performs a large volume of screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, and also thousands of biopsies, we know the value of early detection. The NBCF has enabled us to provide nurse navigation in unique ways which includes breast imaging. Our navigator facilitates our weekly breast imaging/breast surgical oncology team radiology reviews so that patients having breast cancer surgery in the coming 7 days have their breast imaging studies and other tests carefully reviewed so that there is nothing missed or overlooked in preparing the patient for the right surgery in the right setting at the right time by the right providers. This same nurse navigator, who herself is a breast cancer survivor, also conducts community outreach events to raise awareness, undo myths, instill the facts, and she personally navigates breast cancer patients from their point of diagnosis through their treatment experience. Though thankfully the majority of breast cancer patients today become long term survivors, not all do. This navigator also is a co-facilitator with me for our semi annual metastatic breast cancer patient retreats which help patients and their family members prepare for what will lie ahead. Additionally, this nurse navigator also oversees our team of survivor volunteers who come on site to hold hands of patients getting biopsies. It is comforting during a time when fear of hearing "you have breast cancer" is on the minds of patients, they can be comforted by someone who is a survivor. She also conducts our annual survivor retreat as well. We are truly blessed to have the support of this terrific organization.
Adm Director, Johns Hopkins Breast Center
University Distinguished Service Associate Professor of Breast Cancer
JHU School of Medicine.
On behalf of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, we have been blessed with receiving grant support to fund one of our very much needed breast nurse navigators. NBCF does an amazing job providing grants for this purpose so that more and more breast patients can be supported from the point of their diagnostic mammogram/ultrasound through to the completion of treatment and beyond as a long term survivor or end of life. We are proud to have such a partnership with them!! Lillie Shockney, Director, JH Breast Center
The National Breast Cancer Foundation has supported breast cancer early detection and diagnosis for women in our community on the rural coast of Northern California for about five years. The free mammogram program provided at one of our local hospitals, Mad River Community Hospital, helps women who are income eligible and uninsured get the care they need and deserve. The NBCF has awarded our organization, the Breast and GYN Health Project, a grant for an RN Breast Health Navigator to help women get screening mammograms, find healthcare providers and navigate the healthcare system when they have a breast health concern or breast cancer. They really care and we appreciate their support!
NBCF is such a top notch organization in their professionalism with their business partners as well as their compassion with the people they are fighting for. The people working at NBCF are such a special group that really care about each other and the cause.
As a result of a very generous grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, I was able to hire a Patient Navigator for the Breast Care Program at my hospital. The navigator is an active presence in the community who identifies women with breast problems or in need of breast screening mammography. The women we care for are uninsured and underserved. They face many barriers to accessing appropriatr health care. Our patients are very grateful to our navigator and we are very grateful to the National Breast Cancer Foundation!
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is exemplary in granting financial support to organizations that provide direct care to patients. Because of their generosity, I was able to hire an outreach navigator who works in our community to promote education regarding the importance of mammography screening and to navigate patients through the screening process. Every day, I hear grateful patients talk about what this program means to them. They know mammography is important but did not see how they could get access. We treat them with dignity and respect. We help them to learn how important their healthcare is. We save their lives. This is only possible because of the generosity of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
NBCF has made mammography screening affordable for thousands of women in Greater Cincinnati through its support of TriHealth's Women's Services. The program officers have worked with us to streamline our reporting and have always been helpful when we had questions. In the end, the NBCF has helped low income, uninsured or underinsured women who otherwise would not have obtained the screening. The women we help as a result of this grant are grateful for the peace of mind they gain through knowing they do not have breast cancer or for the information they receive that helps them to obtain further testing and treatment. Either way they win. Thank you, NBCF, for helping us do this good work in our community.
M.S.’s daughter-in-law states: “She remembers the navigators’ time shared and was not sure at the time of her pathology results what her new medical situation would bring. This situation certainly caught all of us (family, friends) unaware. My family and I felt very good about the team approach and that of the breast surgeon.”
M.S. says: “Several years ago, one of our children had surgery where she lived in Orlando. I was the primary caregiver; and I was completely caught unaware of the post-op items and care that would be needed. Not being familiar with the Cincinnati area, we have found the navigators and team at your breast center to be very helpful with references, and resources to better prepare us for my surgery, so that my family could provide me with the best care. So, thank you all for being there for us and sharing all the wonderful resources and information available to me and other patients at a time when we critically needed it. You all have made a big difference in those first few days, and weeks of my diagnosis. We just wanted to let the navigators and staff know how grateful we are for the quick responses, and precise diagnosis and recommendations for my surgery and oncology needs. Thanks again for all the answers to all those questions. You all helped to calm the nerves, and anxiety….couldn’t have done it without you all.”