In 2019, 1,297 uninsured women received breast cancer screening and diagnostic services through the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program. Eighteen breast cancers were detected.
Northside diagnoses and/or treats more breast cancer patients than any other cancer program in the Southeast. Early detection of breast cancer saves the lives of thousands of women each year. However, medically underserved and uninsured women often lack access to care.
It’s The Journey, Inc., producer the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, awarded two of its 2020 grants to Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program, totaling nearly $80,000. The money will help Northside continue to provide breast screenings and diagnostic services to underserved/uninsured women both living within Atlanta and outside metro-Atlanta. It’s The Journey provides grants annually for Georgia programs that focus on breast cancer screening, diagnostics, genetic counseling and testing, and research.
In 17 years, the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer has raised $16 million to fund 403 grants that provide breast cancer education, screening, early detection, support services, and continuing care for Georgians. For a complete listing of the 2020 grant recipients and descriptions of their programs, visit itsthejourney.org/2020-grantees.
“Northside Hospital is so grateful and fortunate to, once again, have the generous support of It’s The Journey,” said Patti Owen, director of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. “Their commitment to our patients has been continuous and their financial support of Northside’s Breast Care Program has allowed us to screen more women for breast disease and educate them about the importance of early detection.”
To learn more about receiving services through the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s breast cancer screenings grant call 404-531-4444. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements. Services are available at select Northside locations, as well as aboard Northside’s ScreenAtlanta mobile-mammography unit. Interpretation services are available upon request.
The 2020 Georgia 2-Day virtual walk for breast cancer took place Sept. 21 through Oct. 4. All of the money raised here stays in Georgia. For more information, visit www.2daywalk.org.
For more information about supporting patients at Northside Hospital, visit give.northside.com.