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To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation awarded $200,000 in grants to 14 Bay Area nonprofit organizations on April 3. Back row (from left): Melbra Watts, Charlotte Maxwell Clinic; Tim and Jeannie Hamann, Tim and Jeannie Hamann Foundation; Morrigan Bruce, Cancer CAREPoint; Alison Gause, MarinHealth; Lianna Hartmour, Zero Breast Cancer. Front row (from left): Caroline Sison, Cancer Support Community; Andrea Guarino, Ceres Community Project; Delores Moorehead, Women’s Cancer Resource Center; Pam Klaus, Pink Ribbon Good; Juvy Barbonio, Pilipino Senior Resource Center; Mary Lynn Morales, Charlotte Maxwell Clinic; Ai-May Tan, Shanti Project. Not pictured: Haley Pollak, Bright Spot Network; Tina Fernandez Steckler, HERS Breast Cancer Foundation; Olivia Fe, San Francisco Women’s Cancer Network. Photo courtesy of To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation

On April 3, To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation awarded $200,000 in grants to 14 Bay Area nonprofit organizations that support women and men with breast health issues. The organizations provide emergency, direct and diagnostic services, patient navigation, financial assistance, holistic complementary therapies and emotional support programs to underserved breast cancer patients. The grant recipients are:
■ Bright Spot Network – Alameda: This program
provides short-term relief for families, caregivers
and parents grappling with the financial challenges
presented by cancer while raising young children to
foster safe spaces for individual and familial healing,
recovery and reconnection.
■ Cancer CAREpoint – San Jose: Patients, family
members and caregivers receive assistance every step
of the journey from cancer diagnosis to survivorship
through provided services.
■ Cancer Support Community – Walnut Creek:
Low-income breast cancer patients and their families
living in Alameda County can receive emergency
financial assistance during treatment.
■ Ceres Community Project – Sebastopol: Teenagers
prepare organic meals designed to support the specific
nutritional needs of people facing a critical illness.
■ Charlotte Maxwell Clinic – Oakland: Free
complementary therapies to low-income women
diagnosed with breast cancer.
■ HERS Breast Cancer Foundation – Fremont: This
program provides fitting services and compression
garments for prevention and treatment of lymphedema
symptoms that can occur after treatment of
breast cancer.
■ MarinHealth Foundation – Greenbrae: Breast
screening and diagnostic testing, mammograms,
ultrasounds, MRI screenings and biopsies are provided
for low-income, uninsured or underinsured individuals
facing disparities in breast cancer detection.
■ Pilipino Senior Resource Center – San Francisco:
Underserved Filipinas with breast cancer receive
navigational assistance, transportation, group support
therapy and emergency support services during their
breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
■ Pink Ribbon Good – Los Altos: These programs
will provide rides for clients undergoing treatment for
breast cancer.
■ San Francisco Women’s Cancer Network – San Francisco:
This program provides navigation for African American
women living in the Bayview/Hunter’s Point
communities of San Francisco to access breast cancer
screening services, follow-up diagnostic, treatment and
breast cancer support services.
■ Shanti Project – San Francisco: Navigation is
provided to underserved, low-income clients with
breast cancer to ensure they access, understand and
complete treatment.
■ Tim and Jeannie Hamann Foundation – Benicia:
Direct and emergency services assist Solano County
breast cancer patients who do not have the resources to
meet basic needs.
■ Women’s Cancer Resource Center – Berkeley:
Through the Faith Fancher Emergency Breast Cancer
Fund, emergency financial assistance for rent, healthy
food and personalized navigation services are available
to low-income women diagnosed with breast cancer
who are actively in treatment in Alameda and Contra
Costa counties.
■ Zero Breast Cancer – San Rafael: Health and
wellness coaches work with clients on topics key
to reducing risk of breast cancer and of recurrence,
including physical activity, eating, sleeping, managing
stress and limiting exposure to toxins.

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