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Financial Resources —Did you know that there are many financial resources that can help people living with breast cancer? Find out more

Current Grant Recipients

2016 Completed Grants for Review

Cary Medical Center

Pink Aroostook helps by providing breast health, screening and wellness information, connecting people diagnosed with breast cancer to educational, financial and emotional resources and educating Aroostook county residents on lifestyle choices that increase their risk of breast cancer. Breast self-awareness information and Pink Aroostook Survivor Bags are distributed throughout Aroostook County. We facilitate a support group for people affected by breast cancer. We have a patient care fund to assist with immediate financial need for people in active treatment to offset the cost of transportation to and from treatments. By tracking the dissemination of literature, funding and contact with survivors, we will be able to determine the impact of our program. Through additional funding, we expect to increase our capacity to assist people affected by breast cancer with resources vital to survivorship and educate county residents in an attempt to reduce breast cancer incidence.

Fish River

Fish River Rural Health (FRRH) will offer comprehensive breast health education outreach program to both its patients and community population, with a goal of serving over 800 individuals. FRRH's resource library contains a variety of books and DVDs on breast self-awareness and breast cancer. During health physical exams, woman have the option of viewing a breast self-awareness DVD prior to seeing the healthcare provider. FRRH oversees the local breast cancer support group called The Journey which meets every other month in Fort Kent. No-cost or low-cost mammograms will be available, as well as, transportation/lodging assistance to qualifying FRRH patients. FRRH plans on holding a third breast cancer survivor retreat, which will also recognize months/years of survivorship. Evaluation of grant outcome initiatives will be in the form of pre-post questionnaires, patient/community surveys and utilization rates; modifications will be made as necessary.

Healthy Community Coalition

Healthy Community Coalition will implement a comprehensive breast health outreach, education and screening project to address barriers to education and access to care for women living in West Central Maine. Project activities will have a particular focus on addressing insurance gaps and will include 1) Ten Mobile Health Unit education and screening events; 2) Two special screening days and 5 days of door-to-door visits bringing education to women in their homes.

This project will increase the number of women participating in breast cancer screenings, increase breast cancer prevention knowledge, and remove barriers that prevent women from participating in screenings, such as transportation, health insurance, financial resources, and knowledge. At least 500 individuals will be served. The overall goal of this project is to increase breast cancer awareness and screening so that no woman goes without proper screening and treatment because of lack of knowledge, fear, or resources.

Penquis CAP

Though Maine has excellent cancer care and treatment facilities, they are not always accessible to those who cannot drive and do not have family or friends to transport them. “Ride to Wellness” will provide transportation assistance (rides or financial reimbursement) to individuals with breast cancer who do not have or cannot afford transportation to cancer treatment or support. Project objectives are to (1) increase access to breast cancer treatment and support services for at least 35 individuals for whom transportation is a barrier, (2) increase awareness of transportation services among front-line staff and area providers, and (3) increase awareness of transportation services available among area residents. Ride to Wellness will serve residents of Knox, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. It is expected that increased access to treatment and support services will improve survival rates and quality of life for those participating in the program.

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

Commit To Care is a collaborative of M.C.M.H. the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center. The partners are committed to strengthening the program envisioned three-years ago. The program focuses on screenings and post-diagnosis support for underinsured and uninsured women residing in Hancock County and Washington County. The total population in our core focus area is nearly 33,000, representing one-third of the population of the two-county region.

The key activities of Commit To Care include: informing the population of the availability of screenings; providing free breast screenings and additional diagnostic screenings (ultra sounds/special views); patient navigation to ensure no gaps in treatment; and improvement of patient quality of life through enhanced programming such as community-based fitness classes and yoga classes. Program challenges and successes will be documented and will include a cumulative report that will guide continued program sustainability.