GRANT RECIPIENTS

Where Your Generosity Goes.

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.

CONNECTICUT

American Cancer Society Inc.

National
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: patti.allen@cancer.org

Ann’s Place

Danbury, CT
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: su@annsplace.org

BCEAF

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: email@bceaf.org

Cancer Care Inc.

Fairfield County
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: knugent@cancercare.org 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

Danbury Hospital

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: amy.depaolo@wchn.org

Day Kimball Healthcare, Inc.

Windham County
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: cvstarrmanning@daykimball.org

Griffin Hospital

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: ccooper@griffinhealth.org

Hartford Hospital

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: mickey.orkin@hhchealth.org

Middlesex Hospital

Middletown, CT
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: amber.kapoor@midhosp.org

Necessities

Statewide
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: maureen@necessitiesbag.org

Norma Pfriem Breast Center at Bridgeport Hospital

Bridgeport, CT 
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

Norwalk Hospital

Norwalk, CT
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: linda.versea@wchn.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: sobrien@stfranciscare.org

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation

Bridgeport, CT 
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 vickie.ogden@stvincents.org

Stamford Health @ Stamford Hospital

Stamford, CT
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: muva@stamhealth.org

Support Connection

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.cervoni@supportconnection.com

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

 

LONG ISLAND

Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program

Run by the Adelphi University School of Social Work, this program provides Bilingual counseling, patient navigation and support services to underserved women receiving care for breast cancer at Nassau County University Medical Center, and referrals from other Long Island hospitals such as Mercy Medical Center, Northwell Health, St. Francis Hospital and NY Winthrop. Pink Aid funds will also provide assistance with transportation, food cards, wigs, prostheses and household bills for patients in need. Contact: Angela Papalia, LMSW, at 516 877-4329 or email apapalia@adelphi.edu.

Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition

In its second year of funding from Pink Aid, this well-established coalition has been helping women in the large coverage area of Babylon Township since 1993. Pink Aid’s grant will support the BBCC’s Lend a Helping Hand Program, providing non-medical financial assistance to underserved patients, including housing and utility bill payments, housekeeping, delivery of meals and transportation to and from treatment. Contact: Karen Kunkel at 631-893-4110 or email BBCCest1993@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. Pink Aid funds will be utilized to provide non-medical financial assistance to women in treatment, including transportation, child care, post-surgery recovery garments, wigs, and household bill payment. Contact: Jorge Gonzalez at 631-397-0087 or email info@bbsbcc.org.

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center Breast Cancer Survivorship Coalition

This community hospital’s 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 MKonnerth@bmhmc.org.

Casting for Recovery

Casting for Recovery provides 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, 2018. In partnership with Pink Aid, a Bilingual application is now also available. Contact: Erika Michanowicz at 412.863.6584 or email erika.michanowicz@castingforrecovery.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 sroden@cwcshh.org.

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 Aid’s 2017 grant will again support the “Pink Aid Program,” which to date has provided over 700 free breast cancer screenings to local, uninsured women. Contact: Kathy Giffuni, RN at 631-425-5240 or email kgiffuni@northwell.edu.

Eastern Long Island Hospital

A first-time grant recipient for 2018, ELIH will be creating a new program called “Pink Aid Breast Fit” to promote early detection and breast health awareness. Serving a large uninsured population on Long Island’s North Fork and Shelter Island, this community hospital will utilize Pink Aid funding to provide free mammograms to local, underserved residents. Contact: Linda Sweeney at 631-477-5498 or email linda.sweeney@elih.org.

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 housing and utilities, grocery cards, and personal needs such as wigs, lymphedema sleeves and prostheses. Contact: Georgie Crowley at 631-968-7424 or email info@islipbreastcancer.com.

Lucia’s Angels

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. Lucia’s 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 631-204-9331 or email stacy@luciasangels.org.

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 2018 grant marks the fourth 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: Eileen Pillitteri at 631-524-5156 or email epillitteri@maurerfoundation.org.

Mercy Medical Center

In 2017, Pink Aid’s first year of partnership with Mercy Medical Center provided over 100 free mammograms to women who would not normally have access to such critical, regular screenings. This year, Pink Aid’s funding will further support the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program’s outreach, potentially doubling the number of free screenings they will be able to offer uninsured patients. Located in Rockville Center, Mercy is a member of the Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Contact: Temra Taylor at 516-705-1399 or email temra.taylor@chsli.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 631-830-5274 or email kozsmom@aol.com.

Northwell Health Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Hardship Fund

Pink Aid is proud to partner with Long Island’s largest health system, funding the third year of Northwell’s “Pink Aid Breast Cancer Hardship Fund.” This Fund provides non-medical financial assistance to low-income residents facing barriers to breast cancer care. Contact: Sara Parise at 516-734-8217 or email sparise@northwell.edu.

NYU Winthrop

In its first year of partnership with Pink Aid, NYU Winthrop will be launching the Pink Aid Breast Health Community Outreach and Education Program to provide breast health education and awareness and promote the importance of regular screenings to underserved, lower socio-economic and bilingual communities on Long Island. Contact: Cheryl Brancato at 516-663-8490 or email cbrancato@nyuwinthrop.org.

Peconic Bay Medical Center

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. In its second year, the “Pink Aid Hardship Fund” will again provide transportation to and from treatment, post-surgical recovery garments, wigs, groceries and financial assistance to breast cancer patients in need. In addition, Pink Aid funds will support the addition of a bilingual, breast cancer-specific navigation coordinator. Contact: Maureen O’Connor at 631-548-6320 ext 109 or email moconnor@pbmchealth.org.

Strength for Life

Strength for Life provides exercise classes and weekend wellness retreats for breast cancer patients and survivors to enhance the recovery process. In its second year of partnership with Pink Aid, 2018 funding will support weekly exercise classes for underserved women in Bay Shore and Huntington Station, including new Yoga classes specifically designed for cancer patients and survivors. In addition, Pink Aid funding will allow 20 uninsured/under-insured women to attend one of the organization’s annual Long Island retreats. Contact: Debra Hughes at 631-882-3387 or email strengthforlife@optonline.net.

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 Aid’s grant will support their “Lend A Helping Hand” program, which offers wigs, prostheses and post-op garments, transportation, child care, food, housecleaning and financial assistance to women in need. Contact: Kathy Corbett at 631-669-7770 or email info@wibcc.org.


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