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

Ann’s Place

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 catherine@annsplace.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@bceaf.org.

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 knugent@cancercare.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.

Danbury Hospital

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.

Griffin Hospital

Derby, CT, serving Lower Naugatuck Valley region. Pink Aid is helping under-insured patients that can’t meet their deductibles with funds toward follow-up screening and testing after questionable mammography results.

Hartford Hospital

Greater Hartford area. Through Hartford Hospital’s robust Mobile Mammo program, Pink Aid is funding mammograms, diagnostic screenings and a community liaison for outreach and coordination.

Middlesex Hospital

Middletown, CT, serving Middlesex County. Pink Aid is providing financial assistance to underserved breast cancer patients as well as compassionate treatment garments, including radiant wraps for radiation patients, scarves, head coverings and sleep caps.

Necessities, Inc.

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 maureen@necessitiesbag.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 vickie.ogden@stvincents.org. To schedule a free mammography/ultrasound screening, call (203) 576-5501 and mention Pink Aid.

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 Hospital

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 ltorres@stamhealth.org.

Support Connection

Greater Danbury, CT Area. Through a grant partnership with Pink Aid, Support Connection will provide a peer hotline for all Connecticut residents. Their team of survivor/peer counselors provide emotional support and navigation help M-F, 9am-5pm.

Western Connecticut Health Network (Danbury Hospital)

Greater Danbury, CT Area. Pink Aid’s grant will provide diagnostic testing, help fund a financial aid assistant to help navigate patients in need and will provide food and gas cards and lymphedema sleeves.

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 marilynvmoore@aol.com.

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.

 

LONG ISLAND

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 rutter@adelphi.edu.

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 jorgegonzalez@bbsbcc.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 mkonnerth@bmhmc.org.

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 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 sroden@cwcshh.org.

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 ginacacoperdo@icloud.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. 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
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 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 ssamaroo@maurerfoundation.org.

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 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 631-255-2401 or
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 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
moconnor@pbmchealth.org.

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 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 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
info@wibcc.org.


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