Early detection is critical in the prevention of breast cancer; however, many women in our community are uninsured and unable to afford screening mammograms. Volunteer physicians at Good News Clinics provide free primary care to those in need in our community. When we lost access to screening mammograms for our patients, we contacted the National Breast Cancer Foundation and shared the need of uninsured residents in our community. NBCF immediately responded with a desire to help and a generous donation to provide screening mammograms for those we serve. A story about Martha best illustrates the impact the National Mammography Program has on the patients served in our community. Martha came to Good News Clinics as a new patient; she had not had a breast exam or mammogram in over ten years. After a breast exam, a diagnostic mammogram was ordered by the volunteer internist and immediately further diagnostic tests were ordered. Good News Clinics was able to refer Martha to volunteer specialists to develop a treatment plan for her. A Stage III malignancy was detected in a biopsy that was scheduled shortly after the ultrasound signified an area of concern. Currently Martha is under the care of a breast surgeon, a radiation oncologist and a medical oncologist. She also has a patient navigator who speaks Spanish working with her. Martha has completed radiation and chemotherapy. Without the National Breast Cancer Foundation grant to Good News Clinics for screening mammograms, Martha may not have been able to have her breast cancer diagnosed and treated. Access to screening mammograms is an essential diagnostic test that every woman should have regardless of income level, ethnicity, or insurance status. Thanks to the generosity and caring support provided by the National Mammography Program, patients served by GNC’s volunteer physicians have access to this essential health care service.
“This helps out a lot. I spent two weeks in the ER/hospital and received a large bill. I am grateful that I can get a mammogram. It’s a great help for me because I’m only working part-time at a school. Everyone here at the breast center has been very helpful and attending.”
Patient Quotes (served by public county hospital system):
“This is such a great service for patients. I am currently on unemployment and searching for a job daily. I always used to get my screening mammograms. I came to get a mammogram on June 4, hoping that I could get a mammogram and I did and was told that I was an out of county patient, but there was some grants available for me. I was so thankful for that news. I am so pleased with what you are doing at the mammography center. Please continue to help women that are in need."
"Thank you for all you do. If it wasn't for Breast Cancer Connections' Gabriella Patser Program supported by a grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, I don't know where I would be today. I am only 24 years old and found out 6 months ago that I have a tumor the size of two baseballs in my breast. With no medical insurance and no current job, I did not know where to turn. This program is my guardian angel. I will be forever grateful for the unlimited emotional, mental, and financial support this program provided. This program helped me get my happy back, and for that I thank you. I feel blessed, humbled and strengthened by this whole experience, I could not have done it without your support. I am extremely grateful and appreciative for this wonderful program. Continue to do amazing work and touch people's lives.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation has assisted The Queen's Women's Health Center with funding to provide underserved women with free or low cost Mammograms, expanding our extensive Outreach to Rural areas due to increased Manpower, referrals for High Risk Breast MRI's, increase knowledge of Patient Navigation and building comprehensive data by Educational Conference attendance and easy to understand Breast Education Materials in many languages. "Po'okela"-It is in the way you serve others that your greatness will be felt.
NBCF has worked with the Breast and Cervical Health Check Program in the State of Alaska since 2010. During this time, they have assisted us with making mammography available to women throughout the state. We have received many reports from women that they would not have been able to have their screenings done without this help and felt like it gave them peace of mind. NBCF has been an excellent partner to work with and making funding available during a time when this is greatly needed for many woman, has been a true statement of their commitment to serve the community.
During 2010 and 2011, there were two women in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire who had their breast cancer discovered at an early stage, thanks to the “National Breast Cancer Foundation.” Mammography screening and diagnostic studies lead to early intervention which may have saved their lives. Through collaboration with the Healthcare team, they will have access to the greatest chances for survival and quality of life. What an amazing gift to be able to offer to someone!
Comment from patient that was served with funds from the NBCF at the Breen Breast Health Pavillion, Univeristy Hospitals of Cleveland Case Medical Campus, Cleveland Ohio: Everyone was very nice and friendly. They made you feel at ease. This is a wonderful service you provide for people like me who do not have insurance. Everyone is very professional and helpful.
I DR.SUMIT GHOSH WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY AS SENIOR CONSULTANT IN CALCUTTA MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE KOLKATTA. WEST BENGAL. I HAVE TREATED PATIENTS WITH BREAST CANCER. DOING PATHOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION.
I have been involved with the NBCF for four years. I serve as an administrative liason between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Siloam Family Health Center, an affiliation that allows NBCF funds to provide breast imaging services to those who have no where else to turn. To quote Brenda Caruthers, the referral coordinator for Siloam, “We are so grateful for the generosity of the NBCF program – they have literally saved the lives of many our patients who would have no where to go otherwise.” John Huff, M.D., Chief, Section of Breast Imaging, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) has supported our community in NW Montana for over two years and we have been able to help women who do not have insurance because of that support. Thanks to NBCF we have detected several early stage cancers that allowed the women to get life saving treatment due to early detection. Were it not for the support of NBCF, these women would not have gotten their mammogram and probably would not have known about the cancer until it was at a stage that made treament much more challenging and lowered survival chances. This is a terrific charity/foundation and does not have 100 hoops to jump through to secure their support. They are engaging, hands on, and passionate about what they do.
Together with the commitment of our Bon Secours St. Francis Health System to fund up to 40% of the ongoing operational costs of a mobile unit for outreach to uninsured women, a generous grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation for the unit helps us to fulfill our mission of being "Good help to those in need." This new mobile mammography unit will bring full digital screening to many disadvantaged communities in Upstate South Carolina.
I have breast cancer (again), and I am holding a fundraiser for this organization. We're hosting a head shaving party, and working with them, through StayClassy (fundraising page) has been so easy and helpful. I would HIGHLY recommend the National Breast Cancer Foundation as a great place to put charitable donations.
Review from CharityNavigator
I am a non for profit model . I attempted to hold a fundraser along with other Colorado models and Designers .This organization Does not want our money. They turned it down and where not very nice about it . Just so you guys know, It should not matter where the funding comes from, and I will never again donate to this foundation. Juanita lynn