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.
In our fifth grant cycle, we were excited to see how many of Pink Aid’s partner hospitals and organizations are evolving and developing strong programs to make screening available to everyone and to help the vast number of patients and families in critical need during treatment. Our grants span the entire range of the breast cancer cycle. From outreach in underserved and indigent populations to educate women about breast health and get them in for screening to compassionate support and financial assistance throughout treatment and wellness for better longterm outcomes.
Thanks to the pink hearts of our individual and corporate supporters, between our annual luncheon, annual appeal, Pink Purse fundraising and growing community initiatives, we are able to distribute over $600,000, satisfying a significant percentage of these requests, with Pink Purse funds on hand for emergency situations.
The grants committee shed more than a few tears during our in-depth vetting process and we are pleased to present this year’s worthy grant recipients.
Danbury, serving Fairfield, New Haven & Litchfield Counties. Ann’s Place is a 17,000 square foot cancer support center. Pink Aid is funding a financial assistance program for their breast cancer patients in need. Contact Catherine B. McGrath at (203) 790-6568, ext. 110, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation
Statewide. BCEAF directly pays household bills (utilities, 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 email@example.com.
CancerCare Outreach & Wig Program
Fairfield County. Through CancerCare’s Connecticut office, Pink Aid is funding an Outreach Program, providing breast health education and navigation to free screening for indigent and underserved communities. Pink Aid is also funding a free wig program, to provide and fit wigs for 50 women in Fairfield County. Contact Kathy Nugent, LCSW at (203) 854-9911, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut Sports Foundation
Based in New London, CT with Statewide Reach. The Connecticut Sports Foundation provides financial assistance to cancer patients and funds research projects. Pink Aid is funding a 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 Area. Serving the greater Danbury area, in partnership with Danbury Hospital, Pink Aid will be providing breast cancer screening for 150 patients, funding a financial aid assistant to help patients in need as well as gift cards for food and transportation to and from treatment.
Greater Hartford Area. Through Hartford Hospital’s robust Mobile Mammo program, Pink Aid is funding 150 mammograms, 75 diagnostic screenings and a community liaison for outreach and coordination. Contact Mickey Orkin at (860) 972-1265, or email@example.com.
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 Maureeen Lutz at (203) 561-6038, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center
Bridgeport, CT. Norma Pfriem is a Breast Care Center affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital. Pink Aid’s grant will fund screening and diagnostic services, as well as provide wigs, prosthetics, wellness services and counseling to underserved women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Contact Sally Cascella or Pat Poniros at (203) 255-5300, or email Donna.Twist@bpthosp.org.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation
Bridgeport, CT. Through a 5-year partnership with St. Vincents, 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, call Vickie Ogden at (203) 576-6158 or email email@example.com. To schedule a free mammography/ultrasound screening, call (203) 576-5501 and mention Pink Aid.
Norwalk Hospital Foundation
Norwalk, CT area. Pink Aid will fund 40 breast cancer patients to participate in “Wise & Well,” a new wellness program. It will provide nutritional counseling, accupuncture and integrative therapies that are proven to ease stress, promote healing and improve survival rates. Contact Zarek Mena at (203) 852-2300, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center
Hartford, CT. Saint Francis is a 300-bed hospital serving greater Hartford. Pink Aid’s grant will provide financial assistance of up to $500 for 40 breast cancer patients and Stop & Shop cards to feed families. Contact Pat Verde at (860) 714-4366.
Stamford, CT. Pink Aid’s grant will fund screening and diagnostics through Stamford Hospital’s mobile mammo unit, which has a large outreach to underserved women in several communities. Pink Aid is also funding post-mastectomy durable goods for patients in need. Contact Lisette Torres at (203) 276-7145, or email@example.com.
Witness Project of CT, Inc.
Bridgeport, CT. The Witness Program is a grassroots organization that advocates for impoverished breast cancer patients of African American descent. Pink Aid is funding a nutrition program, in which patients learn how to shop, eat and cook more nutritiously to improve survival rates. Funds also supply qualifying women with foods needed. Contact Marilyn Moore, CEO, at (203) 367-4432, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yale-New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT. Yale New Haven Hospital will continue its Pink Aid food card program. We will also fund wigs, head coverings, recovery bras, lymphedema sleeves and other necessities through the Joel Smilow Breast Center Boutique. Contact Andrea Seigerman at (203) 200-5252.
In Pink Aid Long Island’s second grant cycle, we received funding requests from many new applicants, confirming the vast needs of underserved patients in the fight against breast cancer.
We had to make a lot of tough choices, but thanks to the immense support of our generous donors, we were able to grant $210,000 this year to twelve organizations. Our grants span the entire range of the breast cancer cycle. From outreach in underserved and indigent populations to educate women about breast health and get them in for screening to compassionate support and financial assistance throughout treatment and wellness for better longterm outcomes.
In just two short years, Pink Aid has become a known and relied upon source of support for so many. We thank you all for sharing our mission!
Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & 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.
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.
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center Breast Cancer Survivorship Coalition
Granted “coalition” status in 2014, this new survivorship program will assist 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. Pink Aid is also the primary sponsor of a new “Survivorship Journey Bag” for each patient.
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.
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. Pink Aid’s grant will fund a free breast cancer screening and mammography program to serve the uninsured local population.
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.
Lean On Me Breast Cancer Network, Inc.
Lean on Me is a support network run by Donna and Dara De Risi. Lean On Me provides free support services to breast cancer patients and their families, including education, wellness seminars, group support and an annual retreat. Through Lean on Me, the DeRisis discovered that often, underserved at-risk patients were walking away from critical next level screenings because they could not afford them. Through a partnership with Pro-Health, Pink Aid’s grant will fund free MRI’s for qualifying women.
Lucia’s Angels was created in loving memory of a breast cancer patient whose dying wish was to help other women and their families receive 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.
Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education
The Maurer Foundation is a grass roots organization focused on breast health education, early detection and risk reduction. Utilizing the “Mammacare” method, Maurer Foundation Educators teach proper self exam methods at community outreach venues. Pink Aid’s grant will fund the Foundation’s Bilingual Outreach Program, promoting breast health awareness to uninsured and lower socioeconomic poplulations across Long Island.
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.
Northwell Health Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Hardship Fund
Long Island’s largest health system is using Pink Aid funds to create the Pink Aid Breast Cancer Hardship Fund. The Fund will provide non-medical financial assistance to low-income residents facing barriers to breast cancer care. The program’s nurse navigator will identify the financial hardships of particular patients to ensure that all Long Island residents affected by breast cancer achieve the best possible outcome and move through the necessary continuum of care despite financial barriers.
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.