Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 2008 Grants
2008 NATIONAL PROGRAMS
Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund (New York, NY) $7,000,000
Funds are disbursed as grants to 145 non-profit Community Based Organizations across the country - with at least one in every state - for education and outreach programs. These programs will collectively navigate 150,000 women next year into mammography screening and will educate 500,000 others on breast health and the importance of early detection.
Cancer Care (New York, NY) $1,500,000
Funds will enable the continuation of AvonCares - a financial assistance program that provides cash for low-income women facing breast cancer. The cash assistance can be used to pay for gas to get to a doctor’s appointment, or for child care or elder care. The program which launched in 2000, has already assisted 39,000 women who have received approximately $250 each, for a total of $9,750,000.
Love/Avon Army of Women (Los Angeles, CA) $1,200,000
The Love/Avon Army was created with this award to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation to recruit one million women around the country to participate in studies to understand the causes of breast cancer and accelerate research on how to prevent the disease. Join the Army by visiting armyofwomen.org
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HOUSTON, TX: April 12 - 13, 2008
Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX) $475,000
Funds will be used for equipment upgrades to improve the quality of screening mammography in the Harris County Hospital District. BCM provides staffing and clinical management for breast cancer patients seen at Ben Taub General Hospital, one of two public hospitals in Harris County that provides services to the underserved.
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Bastrop, TX) $330,000
Funds will be used to expand its patient navigation and breast health education services to underserved populations at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. MD Anderson Cancer Center provides oncology physician staffing and leadership to LBJ General Hospital, one of two public hospitals in Harris County that provides services to the underserved facing breast cancer.
The Rose (Houston, TX) $323,500
Funds will continue to support community awareness and access to mammography programs through the Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund, as well as support to upgrade to state-of-the-art digital mammography technology through the Avon Foundation Safety Net Program.
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WASHINGTON, DC: May 3 - 4, 2008
The Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (Baltimore, MD) $1,490,000
Funds will allow the continuing support of a network of 14 universities and hospitals that can collectively conduct clinical trials more rapidly than a single institution. Currently, three Phase II clinical trials are investigating new targets and treatments for triple negative breast cancer, a form of breast cancer that does not respond well to current therapies.
Johns Hopkins Medical Center (Baltimore, MD) $1,250,000
Funds will support two areas: cutting-edge breast cancer research at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, a NCI-Comprehensive Cancer Center recognized worldwide for excellence; and outreach to the medically underserved population through the Avon Foundation Breast Center at Johns Hopkins, a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary breast care center offering a full spectrum of clinical and support services.
Capital Breast Care Center (Washington, DC), and Medstar Health $800,000
Medstar Health is run in partnership with Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center of Georgetown University, a NCI-designated center, to support critical safety net services to medically underserved women in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The grant continues the Avon Foundation commitment to reverse striking disparities in breast health care in the DC area.
Adventist Health Care (Rockville, MD) $500,000
Funds support the purchase of digital mammography equipment, outreach, breast health education and patient navigation services at both the Washington Adventist and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals.
George Washington University (Washington, DC) $500,000
Funds will support and expand services offered through their mobile mammography program, which provides screening to underserved women through a mammography van equipped with state-of-the-art digital equipment that travels to community and corporate sites in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The new funding will expand services to areas such as Anacostia, which has been identified as the most medically underserved area in the District with no functional mammography facilities.
University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation (Baltimore, MD) $420,000
Funds will expand the Baltimore City Cancer Program’s (BCCP) patient navigation program to increase the number of women screened and shorten the time between screening and treatment. The BCCP is an initiative of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenbaum Cancer Center in partnership with the State of Maryland, with a focus on eliminating cancer death through early detection, diagnosis, treatment and education for Baltimore’s medically underserved.
Friends of Cancer Research (Arlington, VA) $45,000
Funds will support a Breast Cancer Educational Symposium co-hosted by Friends of Cancer Research and Howard University targeting the public and media to increase awareness and understanding of breast cancer research and the needs of women facing breast cancer in the District.
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BOSTON, MA: May 17 - 18, 2008
Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA) $800,000
MGH is an Avon Foundation Center of Excellence, and the funds received will continue breast cancer research studies as well as access to care programs at the Avon Center at Mass General and MGH community clinics in Chelsea, Geiger Gibson and Mattapan.
Lifespan Foundation (Providence, RI) $500,000
Funds will support vital patient navigation programs at the Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals in Providence to assist women through every phase from screening through treatment.
The Central Maine Medical Center (Lewiston, ME) $500,000
Funds will be used to upgrade from film-based to digital mammography and to launch a patient navigation program. Women treated in the breast clinic will benefit from the new Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at CMMC.
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center (Lewiston, ME) $500,000
Funds will provide state-of-the-art equipment upgrades in mammography and ultrasound as well as the expansion of patient navigation services at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston and clinics in Auburn, ME.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, MA) $500,000
Funds will support a new mobile mammography vehicle with state-of-the-art equipment. The new vehicle will allow Dana Farber to continue its mobile mammography program, which over the past 10 years has provided 18,000 screenings.
Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA) $300,000
BMC received one of the first grants made through the new Breast Cancer Research Bridge Program, to support research to identify early changes in the breast that develop into breast cancer.
Cambridge Health Alliance (Cambridge, MA) $250,000
Funds will expand access to high quality, affordable comprehensive breast health services to medically underserved women in Boston’s MetroNorth region.
Silent Spring Institute (Newton, MA) $175,000
This grant will fund research into the potential role of genetic and environment interactions in breast cancer and help to update the MassHEIS environmental information system.
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CHICAGO, IL: May 31 - June 1, 2008
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University (Chicago, IL) $1,050,000
Funds will support access to breast care for medically underserved populations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Erie Family Health Center as well as research at the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Research Laboratories focused on breast cancer prevention and treatment response, and finding links to breast cancer growth, survival and metastasis.
Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force (Chicago, IL) $1,000,000
These funds support the formation of the Task Force as a new, non-partisan entity, which will lead the effort to collect and analyze data, manage the city-wide efforts, and evaluate quality control measures and outcomes to help reduce the black-white disparity in breast health and breast cancer outcomes in Chicago. Learn more by visiting http://www.chicagobreastcancer.org/.
The Sinai Health System (Chicago, IL) $1,000,000
This grant will continue support of their patient navigation program and the purchase of two new digital mammography machines. This award helps to implement the recommendations of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force to reduce black-white disparity in breast cancer survival.
The City of Chicago, Department of Public Health (Chicago, IL) $500,000
Funds will provide new mammography equipment to five neighborhood health centers that serve uninsured and low income clients. This grant is part of a larger City of Chicago initiative, which will renovate and upgrade each facility to accommodate the new equipment.
Mercy Foundation (Chicago, IL) $500,000
Funds will to support the patient navigation program at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, enhance services with the addition of a state-of-the-art Breast Module Tracking System, and supports the purchase of a new digital mammography machine and ultrasound platform.
Hektoen Institute for Medical Research (Chicago, IL) $400,000
This grant will support two initiatives: To continue a successful program that gives underserved populations access to breast cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling and testing, and to clinical trials involving alternate methods of screening, chemoprevention and genetic testing; and to support the more formal examination of prevention choices among minority high-risk women and the enrollment rates of this population into clinical trials.
Rush-Copley Foundation (Aurora, IL) $150,000
Funds will support the creation of a collaborative community based outreach and navigation program focused on the medically underserved Latina population in Aurora. Funds will support an increase in outreach and educational activities to reach more women with screening and diagnostic services and breast health literacy.
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Foundation for St. Francis Hospital (Milwaukee, WI) $150,000
Funds will support upgrading existing x-ray mammogram technology, which will increase Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare/ Foundation for St. Francis Hospital’s capacity to perform biopsies while reducing wait times for results, allowing pathologists to provide immediate feedback during surgery and making images available immediately in the surgery suite.
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ROCKY MOUNTAINS, CO: June 28 - 29, 2008
The University of Colorado Foundation on behalf of the CU School of Medicine (Aurora, CO) $1,000,000
Funds will support care, outreach and research. This includes patient access to care programs, the Comadre Program and Project Survivorship Outreach to Latinas (Project SOL). In addition, funds support a high risk genetic screening program for the medically underserved and research projects that collectively aim to understand the role of breast stem cells in cancer, improve response to hormonal therapy and develop markers that characterize resistance and steps in breast cancer metastasis.
Project Angel Heart (Denver, CO) $175,000
Funds will help support the purchase of a new facility and the development of dedicated spaces for kitchen staff and volunteers, meeting space and a chef’s meeting room. In 2008, Project Angel Heart will provide nutritious home-delivered meals and nutritional counseling for 142 clients living with breast cancer and their children. This is part of the multi-city meal delivery program for breast cancer patients supported by the Avon Foundation.
Denver Health & Hospital Corp (Denver, CO) $105,000
Funds will support the mobile mammography program by providing equipment upgrades to modernize the unit and salary support for breast health staff. The mobile program provides breast cancer screenings, diagnostic services and case management to women 40+, with a primary patient population of women who are at or below 250% of the federal poverty level and who are underinsured or uninsured.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA: July 12 - 13, 2008
University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) $1,490,000
Funds will support two groundbreaking research projects. First, research to determine whether viruses play a role in breast cancer and if virus “transcripts” can serve as a marker for risk of breast cancer; and research that will seek to predict which early stage breast cancers are likely to progress to invasive cancer and metastasize.
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (San Francisco, CA) $1,150,000
SFGH is an Avon Foundation Center of Excellence. Funds will support several initiatives, including the “Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Center” at SFGH, a mobile mammography van, a high-risk genetic clinic, and community outreach and breast cancer research programs.
Alameda County Medical Center (Oakland, CA) $500,000
Funds will expand and integrate the Pathfinders Outreach and the Cancer Navigation programs at Highland Hospital in order to increase the number of low-income, multi-cultural women who are screened at community clinics and to improve the timeliness and quality of care offered.
California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) (Oakland, CA) $500,000
Funds will support a ground-breaking new partnership between the Avon Foundation and the California Breast Cancer Research Program. The Avon Foundation-CBCRP Collaborative will co-fund three pilot breast cancer research projects in the areas of understanding the etiology and cause of breast cancer, and programs to understand disparities and variation in racial and ethnic survival after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic (Oakland and San Francisco, CA) $250,000
Funds will expand the delivery of complementary alternative medicine, social services, and holistic health for extremely low-income women in the San Francisco Bay and Oakland areas. 75 percent of patients served are women of color; 40 percent speak little or no English and all are below the 200 percent poverty level.
Project Open Hand (San Francisco, CA) $225,000
Funds will expand their Homebound Critically Ill Program that provides meals and education programs for breast cancer patients and other critically ill patients. Funds also support an innovative “grocery program” for breast cancer clients, particularly focused on Chinese breast cancer patients.
Zero Breast Cancer (San Rafael, CA) $150,000
This grant will be used to engage the community in breast cancer research and participate in novel research studies including Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center, Prospective Study of Breast Cancer Survivorship in the Bay Area, and a project to develop a Bay Area Geographic Information System (GIS).
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LOS ANGELES, CA: Sept 13 -14, 2008
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (Los Angeles, CA) $1,350,000
An Avon Foundation Center of Excellence, this grant will support the Avon Cares for Life Program, a comprehensive program working through the main UCLA campus in Los Angeles, the Olive View Medical Center, and related community clinics in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys. Programs include on-site patient navigation, survivorship programs, access to screening and genetic counseling for uninsured high-risk women, clinical trials infrastructure, and support for breast imaging fellowships at the Iris Cancer Center for Breast Imaging and UCLA Santa Monica Women’s Imaging Centers.
Antelope Valley Community Clinic (Lancaster, CA) $250,000
Funds will support a coordinated patient navigator community outreach program. This program provides increased access to screening, timely diagnostics and treatment, in addition to translation services and support services such as counseling and transportation assistance for breast cancer patients.
Council of Community Clinics (San Diego, CA) $250,000
Funds will support a breast cancer care coordinator network to provide care coordination, screening mammogram and diagnostic services, referral to follow-up, and breast health education and outreach to low-income, ethnically diverse, uninsured and underinsured women throughout San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties and 47 community clinics.
San Antonio Community Hospital (Upland, CA) $250,000
Funds will support the purchase of digital mammography equipment for its new, state-of-the-art Women’s Breast & Imaging Center. The new Center provides screening and diagnostic digital mammography, breast ultrasound, and minimally invasive biopsy with stereotactic guidance.
Northridge Hospital Foundation (Northridge, CA) $130,000
This grant will continue support of its Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Program, which enables women to access high quality breast health screening and treatment and aims to reduce lost-to-follow-up rates. This program serves women in the San Fernando Valley, ages 30-90, accessing breast health services at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, with special emphasis on women who have lower rates of seeking/complying with breast health services in this region.
Project Angel Food (Los Angeles, CA) $125,000
Funds will support a meal delivery and services program for breast cancer clients and their families in greater Los Angeles County, from Lancaster to Long Beach.
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NEW YORK, NY: Oct 4 - 5, 2008
New York University Medical Center (New York, NY) $1,400,000
Funds will continue their research to better understand how the changes in a healthy breast during pregnancy affect the risk of breast cancer. This is one of (14) grants that the Avon Foundation has given towards breast cancer prevention initiatives focused on the impact of pregnancy and breast cancer risk.
New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center (New York, NY) $1,350,000
As one of eight Avon Breast Care and Research Centers of Excellence across the country, this grant will support research and clinical trials, as well as care for thousands of medically underserved women facing breast cancer.
Harold Freeman Patient Navigation Institute (New York, NY) $80,000
Funds will provide specialized training to Avon Foundation-funded patient navigators.
Four grants were awarded to strengthen the Avon Safety Net Hospital program to ensure that all women have access to quality breast cancer care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. These include:
- New York City Health and Hospital Corporation Foundation (New York, NY) $650,000
This grant will fund programs at both Jacobi Medical Center and the Harlem Hospital.
- Metropolitan Hospital (New York, NY) $400,000
- Kings County Hospital (New York, NY) $350,000
- Northern Westchester Hospital (Westchester, NY) $215,000
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CHARLOTTE, NC: Oct 25 - 26, 2008
North Carolina Baptist Hospital (Charlotte, NC) $375,000
These funds will support a community outreach and patient navigation services program named the Survivors in Service Navigation Network. Navigators will work to reduce disparities in breast care among the African-American community, expanding the current program by providing services to more patients from the surrounding rural counties, and adding genetic testing and counseling.
Presbyterian Hospital (Charlotte, NC) $300,000
This grant will support the hospital’s community outreach and patient navigation program to improve access to screening, diagnostics, and treatment to underserved populations in Mecklenburg County and eleven surrounding counties.
Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, NC) $275,000
Funds will support the Mecklenburg County Breast Care Management program that provides outreach and patient navigation services to medically underserved women in Charlotte. The staff coordinates screening and care through four facilities: the Carolinas Hospital, the Blumenthal Cancer Center, and the Myers Park and Health Department Clinics.
Health Research Alliance (Charlotte, NC) $95,000
These funds will support the development of a web-based grants database that will contain pooled grant information of nonprofit agencies. This award is a key outcome of the Avon-led collaboration between Avon and other breast cancer funding agencies.
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