Atlanta, Ga. (March 10, 2014) – Two Piedmont hospitals have been awarded three grants from It’s The Journey, Inc., producers of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.
The first grant of $35,000 - which is one of 22 grants awarded to organizations throughout Georgia - will fund PINK, a comprehensive wellness program for women undergoing breast cancer treatment. The second grant, also valued at $35,000, will support a nurse navigator whose primary responsibility is to guide cancer patients through their continuum of care and provide comfort during their cancer journey at Piedmont Fayette Hospital.
The third and final grant of $25,000 will fund genetic counseling and testing for eligible, high-risk individuals who are underserved, uninsured and live south of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.
“Prevention and education are good ways to help combat this disease,” said John Goodman, executive director of oncology services for Piedmont Healthcare. “The programs funded by It’s The Journey help us identify women who are at-risk for breast cancer and counsel those who have already begun their fight. It is our hope that these programs bring us one step closer to reducing future breast cancer diagnoses.”
Cancer Wellness programs like PINK at Piedmont, are free to anyone affected by cancer regardless of where they receive treatment, thanks to private donations and grants like the ones received from It’s The Journey, Inc. To date, It’s The Journey has contributed $277,500 to PINK at Piedmont.
“We work all year for this one night – to present grants to the most deserving breast health and breast cancer programs in the state.” said Kimberly Goff, Executive Director of It’s The Journey, Inc. “We want to ensure that these organizations can continue to provide services from basic clinical breast exams to hereditary screening and wellness programs. We are proud that our funds remain focused on local needs that make a difference in Georgia communities.”
It’s The Journey, Inc. produces the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, an annual walk that raises funds for breast health and breast cancer programs in Georgia. Twenty-two deserving organizations across the state were awarded grants. The recipients included those who provide screening and diagnostic mammograms to underserved communities, educate patients on early detection practices, offer multi-language treatment options, and provide wellness, counseling, and rehabilitations services. For a complete listing of grant recipients and descriptions of their programs, visit www.itsthejourney.org/2014grantees.
The 2014 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer takes place October 11 - 12. All of the money raised here, stays here in Georgia. To register for the 2-Day Walk, visit www.2daywalk.org.