YWCA Rhode Island receives $65,000 grant for Breast Cancer Awareness Program

YWCA Rhode Island Receives $65,000 Grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program for Breast Cancer Awareness Program

Local Organization Recognized With Support From National Program

Woonsocket, RI / January 20, 2017 – The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $65,000 one-year grant to YWCA Rhode Island to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the twenty-third year that the program has received funding from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence.

The ENCOREplus® program at YWCA Rhode Island will educate local women and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. This vital program enables YWCA Rhode Island to provide breast cancer community health outreach, education, and assistance in accessing/navigating services.

Since July 1995, the ENCOREplus® program at YWCA Rhode Island has reached more than 10,000 women annually with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and has referred over 1,000 women annually for mammograms and clinical breast exams.  It also offers support doing diagnosis and treatment.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States.  According to the American Cancer Society, 940 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Rhode Island this year and 50 lives will be lost. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as ENCOREplus® help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.

“We are proud that the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade shares our mission and has chosen to support our program. With these funds we will continue to provide health outreach, education, and services to medically underserved populations in our community,” said Deborah L. Perry, President and CEO of YWCA Rhode Island.

Since 1993, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has awarded more than 1,800 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States, including ENCOREplus at YWCA Rhode Island. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade awards funding to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast health programs to support breast cancer research and access to care. Many programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services. Visit www.avonbhop.org for more information.

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program is administered by Cicatelli Associates Inc. to support community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country.  The Fund's National Advisory Board selected ENCOREplus®  at YWCA Rhode Island as one of 56 new grant recipients nationwide in the 2017 cycle of Avon Breast Health Outreach Program grants. These organizations were chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income, and older women, who are often medically underserved.

For more information on ENCOREplus® at YWCA Rhode Island please call (401) 769-7450.  To learn more about the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, visit www.avonbhop.org. To learn more about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

(release from YWCA)