Northside Receives Grant from It’s the Journey to Offer Free Mammograms

Posted on: Wednesday, March 19, 2014


The Northside Hospital Breast Care Program, part of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $34,997.82 by It’s The Journey, Inc., producer of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.  The money, which was awarded to Northside on March 3, will be used to fund screening mammograms and other breast diagnostic procedures for women who cannot afford them.  Applicants must meet eligibility requirements and reside in Hall, Dawson, Lumpkin, Pickens and other outlying counties.  Services will be provided at select Northside Hospital imaging centers across North Atlanta, as well as through the hospital’s ScreenAtlanta mobile mammography van.

More cases of breast cancer are diagnosed and treated at Northside Hospital than at any other community hospital in the Southeast.  As a National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center, the hospital offers a complete range of services for patients including education, genetic counseling, imaging, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, support and rehabilitation and more – covering every aspect of breast care.

It’s The Journey, Inc. produces the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, an annual walk that raises funds for breast health and breast cancer programs in Georgia.  In 2014, 22 deserving organizations across the state were awarded grants.  The recipients included those who provide screening and diagnostic mammograms to underserved communities, educate patients on early detection practices, offer multi-language treatment options, and provide wellness, counseling, and rehabilitations services.  This is the eighth year that Northside has benefitted from the organization, with grants totaling more than $243,000.

“We work all year for this one night – to present grants to the most deserving breast health and breast cancer programs in the state,” said Kimberly Goff, executive director of It’s The Journey, Inc.  “We want to ensure that these organizations can continue to provide services from basic clinical breast exams to hereditary screening and wellness programs.  We are proud that our funds remain focused on local needs that make a difference in Georgia communities.”

“Northside Hospital is so grateful and fortunate to, once again, have the generous support of It’s the Journey,” said Patti Owen, director of oncology services, Northside Hospital.  “This money will directly benefit underserved women in the community, helping us to screen more women and educate them about the importance of early detection.”

An additional grant went to the Cancer Support Community Atlanta, affiliated with the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, to support its Living Fully with Breast Cancer program, which helps people affected by breast cancer to enhance their health and well-being through participation in professional programs of emotional support, education and hope.  All services are offered free of charge to people with breast cancer and their loved ones.  Programs include professionally led support groups, education forums hosted by leaders in the medical community, gentle exercise and stress reduction classes, nutrition demonstrations, and social activities.

For more information about receiving a free mammogram through the It’s the Journey grant, call 770-667-4400.

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