February 9, 2017 (Grand Rapids, MI) – The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $55,000.00 one-year grant to Cherry Health to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the 13th year that the program has received funding from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence.
The breast health program at Cherry Health will educate Kent and Montcalm area women and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program will also address and eliminate barriers to services such as insurance, transportation and translation.
Since January 2004, Cherry Health has reached more 55,000 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and has referred almost 12, 161 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, 8,160 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Michigan this year and 1,410 lives will be lost. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as Cherry Health help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.
“We are proud that the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade shares our mission and has chosen to support our program. With these funds we will be able to screen and educate 1500 underinsured/uninsured patients and assist with transportation, translation and insurance assistance,” said Jackie DeMull, Program Coordinator for Cherry Health.
Since 1993, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has awarded more than 1,800 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States, including Cherry Health Services. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade awards funding to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast health programs to support breast cancer research and access to care. Many programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services. Visit avonbhop.org for more information.
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program is administered by Cicatelli Associates Inc. to support community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country. The Fund’s National Advisory Board selected Cherry Health as one of 56 new grant recipients nationwide in the 2017 cycle of Avon Breast Health Outreach Program grants. These organizations were chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income, and older women, who are often medically underserved.
For more information on Cherry Health, please call Jackie DeMull at 616.965.8200 ext. 7099. To learn more about the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, visit www.avonbhop.org