Pretty much everybody knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. But did you know there is a way you can help our local neighbors who may need help by contributing to The DCH Foundation’s Breast Cancer Fund?
The DCH Breast Cancer Fund was established in 2004 as a way to provide awareness, education, and community breast cancer screenings. In 2011, the Fund also made free mammograms directly available throughout the year via a dedicated Mammogram Assistance Line to women who cannot otherwise afford them.
Donations to the DCH Breast Cancer Fund work locally to help women in DCH’s 11-county service area. In the past three years alone, more than 800 women in the West Alabama area have received free mammograms and additional diagnostic testing, as needed. In addition to the free mammograms, more than 130 bras and prostheses and 250 lymphedema sleeves, gloves, etc. have been provided to those in need.
Each year, the community supports the DCH Breast Cancer Fund through The DCH Foundation’s pink events: “A Day on the Courts”, “A Nite on the Green”, and The DCH Foundation Golf Classic. Hundreds of people, including DCH employees and we give participants, donate, volunteer, buy silent auction items, play in the tennis and golf tournaments, and sponsor these events. Their contributions together total more than $100,000 each year. Many others in the community also contribute to the Fund through their own events, and The DCH Foundation celebrates each year’s achievement with the UA gymnastics team at their “Power of Pink” meet each February.
The Breast Cancer Fund was also instrumental in the implementation of the Patient Navigation Program for the Lewis & Faye Manderson Cancer Center. The patient navigator assists and guides the patient throughout all phases of their treatment plan and provides support, hope and encouragement to patients, their family members and caregivers. The patient navigator also serves as a connector for the patient to community, social and psychological services.
Katrina Lewis, RN, Patient Navigator, has guided hundreds of women through their journey to becoming a cancer survivor. A recent patient stated, “I cannot fully express what it has meant to have you as my navigator! I am so grateful DCH has provided this service. Your kind & gentle words and sweet smile gives great comfort and peace in an extremely difficult time. It is such a relief knowing that if we have questions or concerns, that we have an advocate who is readily accessible day or night. Just this knowledge relieves much stress and helps make this difficult journey a lot easier. Thank you for ALWAYS being there to support, encourage and lift me up…..”
If you would like to contribute to the DCH Breast Cancer Fund, please contact the DCH Foundation at 205-759-7349 or you may donate here.