Mission: The organization aspires to promote awareness, encourage and educate minority women about the importance of participating in breast cancer research studies and to address the socioecnonomic and biolgical factors that contribute to the higher breast cancer mortality rates for monority women. The foundation's goals are to develop relationships with cancer hospitals and universities that specialize in breast cancer research, to assist in their efforts to explore chomotherapy drugs that are more beneficial for the biology of minority women. Ymf inc. Endeavors to begin the education of breast cancer awareness for adolescent women to the geriatric population.
Programs: The yvonne mccalla foundation, inc. (ymf) aspires to raise the minority community awareness regarding breast cancer and the need for research. Ymf conducts seminars; hosts forums; develops outreach programs and provides access to current and relevant information. Ymf collaborates with and supports organizations fighting against cancer including prostate cancer screening. The organization expanded their cancer, education, and outreach initiative to include the male population for screening of prostate cancer. With the assistance of churches and community leaders, prostate cancer education and outreach services were provided to the community to assure persons at risk.
provide financial assistance to women pursuing higher education in the field of nursing. In 2014 the organization awarded two individuals with scholarships of 500. 00 each and one individual with a laptop for her studies. . These awards are intended to help decrease the financial barriers encountered by single minority mothers endeavoring to venture into the field of nursing.
during the 2014 calender year, ymf assisted people in the community with various personal needs. One mother who was a breast cancer survivor home was deemed necessary for some major repairs. Ymf contributed to this cause by having the survior home painted, recarpeted and repairs done to make the home livible. This was all done free of cost to the survivor.
My name is Debra Marshall and I am President and founder of YMF Inc. I started YMF Inc. as a result of my mom, Yvonne McCalla passing away of breast cancer.
Since inception, I have heard numerous testimonials from ladies that attended one of our luncheon/educational seminars, indicating that they are now taking responsibility for their breast health by performing monthly self-breast exams. Several individuals now participate in annual mammograms as a result of YMF Inc. One person was diagnosed with breast cancer; however, it was caught at an early stage and she has a great prognosis. Additionally, several women have had scares but as a result of information provided by YMF Inc., followed the proper steps with their physician and are cancer free.
If we can help to raise awareness and help to decrease the mortality rate for ALL women, then we have fulfilled our calling. There is so much more work for us to do and we need the help of the community to do what God has called us to do.