If you need help with free breast cancer screening or are a breast cancer patient in need, please contact our grant recipients to learn more about services available.
American Cancer Society Inc.
Supporting the ACS CT chapter of Breast Cancer Support Services throughout the State of Connecticut, will help fund transportation for cancer patients through the Road to Recovery Program and assist with funding free wigs through their Look Good Feel Better program. Contact Patricia Allen Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann’s Place is a 17,000 square foot cancer support center. Pink Aid is partially funding a bilingual social worker to conduct outreach and education to underserved communities, funding facilitated support groups as well as a financial assistance program for their breast cancer patients. Contact: Su Murdock at (203) 790 6368 or Email: email@example.com
Statewide The BCEAF directly pays household expenses such as utilities, mortgage, rent and more for underserved women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Patients are screened and referred to BCEAF by hospitals and breast cancer centers via social workers and patient navigators throughout Connecticut. Contact: Shirley Freifeld at (203) 505-5796, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancer Care Inc.
Through Cancer Care’s Connecticut office, Pink Aid is funding an outreach program providing breast health education and navigation for free screenings to indigent and underserved communities. Pink Aid is also funding a financial assistance program for these patients. Contact: Kathy Nugent, LCSW, Email: email@example.com or (201) 301 6809
Connecticut Cancer Foundation
New London, CT with statewide reach
Formerly Connecticut Sports Foundation and recently changed their name. Provides financial assistance to cancer patients and funds research projects. Pink Aid is funding their Grant Recipient Program to provide up to $500 in financial aid to breast cancer patients. Contact: Jane G. Ellis at (860) 388-0788 or Ellis@sportsfoundation.org
Greater Danbury, CT
In partnership with Danbury Hospital, Pink Aid’s grant will provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic testing , help fund a financial aid assistant to help navigate patients in need to obtain funding, and provide food and gas cards for breast cancer patients. Contact: Amy DePaola 203 739 7382 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Day Kimball Healthcare, Inc.
Through the Day Kimball Homemakers Division, hundreds of women have been helped with in-home nonmedical needs. Pink Aid is helping support this program for the first time; allowing women to receive long or short term home care and personal care as well as transportation to appointments and other needed outings. Contact: Carolina Starr-Manning at (860) 963-6425 ext 2016 or Email: email@example.com
Derby, CT, Serving the lower Naugatuck Valley region
Serving an area of CT that once had the highest mortality rate from breast cancer in the state. Griffin Hospital instituted its Valley Breast Wellness Initiative. Pink Aid is helping to fund this initiative with financial assistance to support diagnostic testing for women who can’t meet their deductibles and might otherwise forego these tests. Contact: Christine Cooper at (203) 732 1599 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Hartford, CT
Through Hartford Hospital’s robust Mobile Mammo program, Pink Aid is funding mammograms, diagnostic screenings and a community liaison for outreach and coordination. Contact: Mickey Orkin at (860)-972-1265 or Email: email@example.com
Supporting their Dignity in Details initiative, Pink Aid is funding the purchase of compassionate treatment garments, including radiant wraps, head scarves, sleep caps and head covering for radiation patients as well as providing financial aid to underserved breast cancer patients. Contact: Amber Kapoor, (860)-358-2023 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Survivor Maureen Lutz makes patented bags for mastectomy patients, an underserved group, with all the “necessities” one wouldn’t normally think of including hand-sewn pillows to ease pressure under the arms. Contact: Maureen Lutz at (203) 561-6038, or Email: email@example.com
Norma Pfriem Breast Center at Bridgeport Hospital
Norma Pfriem is a Breast Care Center affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital. Pink Aid’s grant will fund a new initiative providing treatment to prevent hair loss with cold cap during chemotherapy, screening and diagnostic services, as well as provide wigs, prosthetics, wellness services and counseling to underserved women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Contact: Donna Twist at (203) 255-5300 or Email: Donna.Twist@bpthosp.org
With the recent collaboration of Norwalk Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering medical physicians, both aim to work together to bring the latest and newest advances in cancer care to Fairfield County patients. Funding from Pink Aid will allow Norwalk Hospital to continue its Cold Cap Therapy for their Taxane chemotherapy program, a treatment to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy. Contact: Linda Versea (203) 855 3517 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Serving Greater Hartford, CT
Saint Francis is a 300-bed hospital and Pink Aid’s grant will provide funding for screening and diagnostic testing, help fund the hospital’s Integrative Medicine Therapies program, providing various therapeutic services to breast cancer patients, and funds to help with transportation costs to medical appointments for patients. Contact: Sharon O’Brien (860) 714 7451 or Email: email@example.com
St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation
Through a 6 year partnership with St. Vincent’s, Pink Aid is funding free screenings through their Mobile Mammo Unit as well as financial assistance and compassionate services for their underserved breast cancer patients. For SWIM Across the Sound/Pink Aid compassionate services, Contact: Vickie Ogden at (203) 576-6158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stamford Health @ Stamford Hospital
Supporting the Breast Cancer Grant Program at Stamford Hospital, Pink Aid funds will provide over 300 screening mammograms. Pink Aid is also funding the purchase of durable goods for women in need. Contact: Maria Uva (203) 667 0931 or Email: email@example.com
Greater Danbury, CT
A statewide program and grant partnership with Pink Aid. Support Connection will provide a peer hotline for all Connecticut residents. Their team of survivor/peer counselors provides emotional support and navigational help M-F, 9am-5pm. Contact: Barbara Cervoni (914) 962 6402 or Email: Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org
Yale-New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT
Yale New Haven Hospital continues its Pink Aid Compassionate Care Program for Breast Cancer Patients at the Joel Smilow Breast Boutique, which will fund wigs, prosthesis, lymphedema sleeves and other recovery necessities to include food cards Contact: Linda Penn (203) 200 1330
Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program
Run by the Adelphi University School of Social Work, this program will provide Bilingual counseling, patient navigation and support services to underserved women receiving care for breast cancer at Nassau County University Medical Center. Pink Aid funds will also provide additional assistance with transportation, food cards, wigs, prostheses and household bills. Contact Hillary Rutter at 516-877-4313 or email@example.com.
Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition – NEW
One of five new Pink Aid Grantees for 2017, this well-established coalition has been helping women in the large coverage area of Babylon Township since 1993. New funding provided by Pink Aid will allow the coalition to provide additional financial assistance to women in need, especially those patients with Metastatic breast cancer. Contact Karen Kunkel at 631-893-4110 or BCCCest1993@aol.com.
Brentwood Bay Shore Breast Cancer Coalition
Founded in 1994 by local resident Elsa Ford, this coalition offered the first ever Latina breast cancer support group on Long Island, and provides ongoing assistance to a large Spanish-speaking population with regular meetings, a hotline and navigation services. Pink Aid funds will be utilized to provide non-medical financial assistance to women in treatment, including household bill payment, transportation, prosthetics, wigs, post-surgery recovery garments and grocery cards. Contact Jorge Gonzalez at 631-273-9252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center Breast Cancer Survivorship Coalition
Granted ÔcoalitionÕ status in 2014, this survivorship program assists a large in-need population on the eastern end of Long Island. Pink Aid’s grant will provide patients who qualify for assistance with wigs, lymphedema sleeves, meal delivery, grocery cards, and transportation to and from treatment. Contact Merilyn Konnerth at 631-654-7577 or email@example.com.
Casting for Recovery – NEW
Casting for Recovery is a new grant recipient for 2017, providing unique wellness retreats that combine breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. Pink Aid’s grant will fund participation costs for three women in need, selected by special lottery for the Long Island retreat in September 2017. In partnership with Pink Aid, a Bilingual application will now be made available. Contact Erika Michanowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital
This coalition has been making a difference in the lives of many East End women for more than 20 years. Their mission is to create and sustain a supportive network in the community for women affected by breast cancer. With Pink Aid funds, the CWC will continue offering financial support, strength and hope to women in the Towns of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island and the Shinnecock Indian Reservation. Contact Susan Barry Roden at 631-726-8715 or email@example.com.
Huntington Hospital’s Dolan Family Health Center
This freestanding primary care center provides comprehensive care, including adult medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatric services to the medically underserved residents of Northwest Suffolk County. In its third consecutive year of funding, Pink AidÕs 2017 grant will again support the ÒPink Aid Program,Ó which to date has provided over 500 free breast cancer screenings to local, uninsured women.
Islip Breast Cancer Coalition
Women in need battling breast cancer often find that getting to and from treatment can be an enormous financial burden. Pink Aid’s grant to the Islip Breast Cancer Coalition will help women in their local area get to and from medical appointments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy and provide financial assistance for household utilities, food cards, and personal needs such as wigs, lymphedema sleeves and prostheses. Contact Gina Cacoperdo at 631-968-7424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucia’s Angels was created in loving memory of a breast cancer patient whose dying wish was to help other women and their families the kind of love and support she had during her toughest time. LuciaÕs Angels provides assistance to women and families going through the final stages of breast cancer. Pink Aid funds will be used to give stage 4 breast cancer patients peace of mind knowing that they can receive assistance for non-medical costs to ease their financial burdens. Contact Stacy Quarty at or
Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education
Founded by breast surgeon Dr. Virginia Maurer in 1995, the Maurer Foundation is a grass roots organization focused on breast health education, early detection and risk reduction. Utilizing the “Mammacare” program, Maurer Foundation Educators teach proper self exam methods. This 2017 grant marks the third year of Pink Aid’s partnership in the Foundation’s Bilingual Outreach Program, promoting breast health awareness to uninsured and lower socioeconomic across Long Island. Contact Susan Samaroo
at 631-524-5151 or email@example.com.
Mercy Medical Center – NEW
New funding from Pink Aid in 2017 will allow Mercy Medical CenterÕs Breast Cancer Survivorship Program to provide free mammograms for over 100 women who would not normally have access to such critical, regular screenings. Located in Rockville Center, Mercy is a member of the Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Contact Temra Taylor at 516-705-1399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Shore Neighbors
A grass-roots organization run by one devoted volunteer, North Shore Neighbors strives to alleviate the financial stress of local neighbors in need battling breast cancer, allowing them to focus on making their strongest possible recovery. Pink Aid funds will support non-medical expenses such as household bill payment, transportation, and grocery cards. Contact Patti Kozlowski at 631-255-2401 or
Northwell Health Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Hardship Fund
Pink Aid is proud to partner with Long Island’s largest health system, funding the second year of NorthwellÕs ÒPink Aid Breast Cancer Hardship Fund.Ó The Fund provides non-medical financial assistance to low-income residents facing barriers to breast cancer care.
Peconic Bay Medical Center – NEW
The largest hospital on Long Island’s East End, and the Suffolk County hub for the NYS Department of Health’s Cancer Services Program, Peconic Bay provides medical care to a large underserved population across the county’s 2,200 square miles. The new, ÒPink Aid Hardship FundÓ will provide transportation to and from treatment, post-surgical recovery garments, wigs, groceries and financial assistance to breast cancer patients in need. Contact Maureen O’Connor at 631-548-6320 ext 109 or
Strength for Life – NEW
A new grant recipient for 2017, Strength for Life provides weekend wellness retreats and exercise classes for breast cancer patients and survivors. Pink Aid funding will allow 20 uninsured/under-insured women to attend one of the organizationÕs annual Long Island retreats, while many more patients will be reached by additional series of Pink Aid-funded exercise classes being introduced in underserved local communities. Contact Debra Hughes at 631-675-6513 or email@example.com.
West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition
West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition is a grass roots organization that provides support services for Long Island women in treatment for breast cancer. Pink AidÕs grant will support their ÒLend A Helping HandÓ program, which offers wigs, prostheses and post-op garments, transportation, child care, food, housecleaning and financial assistance to women in need. Contact Margaret Campise at 631-669-7770 or