GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $50,000 one-year grant to Cherry Street Health Services to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer and provide mammograms and clinical breast exams. It is the 10th year that the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence.
The Cherry Street’s Women’s Health Outreach Program will educate Grand Rapids area women about the importance of breast health and provide low-cost clinical breast exams and mammography. This essential program will also provide outreach and access to service to underserved communities, such as the homeless.
Since 2005, Cherry Street’s Women’s Health Outreach Program has reached more than 30,000 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and has provided thousands of women with mammograms and clinical breast exams. The program is expected to provide 750 clinical breast exams and 750 mammograms this year and will reach out to over 4,000 women about the need for preventative screening.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, 7,660 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Michigan this year and 1,400 lives will be lost. Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes and a death from breast cancer every 13 minutes. 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 Street’s Women’s Health Outreach Program 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 Foundation for Women shares our mission and has chosen to support our program. With these funds we will be able to provide potentially life saving services to women who may not otherwise have access to them,” said Jackie DeMull, Women’s Cancer Screening Program Coordinator, Cherry Street Health Services.
Since 2000, the Avon Foundation has awarded $76.2 million through more than 1,600 Avon Breast Health Outreach (BHOP) grants to community-based organizations across the United States, including Cherry Street Health Services. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services.
The Avon Foundation for Women and Breast Cancer Crusade
The Avon Foundation for Women, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women and today is the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which launched in 1992 and is led by the U.S.-based Avon Foundation for Women, has placed Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer; today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the cause globally. Avon breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries have donated more than $815 million for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Avon 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. The Crusade has enabled more than 18 million women globally to receive free mammograms and breast cancer screenings, educated more than 145 million women about breast cancer, and funded promising research into the causes of breast cancer and ways to prevent the disease. The Avon Foundation raises funds for the Crusade through the sale of Avon “Pink Ribbon” products, and through events such as the U.S. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, which is the Avon Foundation’s largest fund-raising event. Visit www.avonfoundation.org for more information.
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program
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 Street’s Women’s Health Outreach Program as one of 58 grant recipients nationwide in the 2014 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
For more information on Cherry Street’s Women’s Health Outreach Program, please call Jackie DeMull at 616-965-8200. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org, or the National Cancer Institute at 1- 800-4-CANCER or www.cancer.gov.
To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women, call 1-866-505-AVON or visit www.avonfoundation.org. For information or to register or support the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer events, visit www.avonwalk.org or call 1-888-540-WALK.