2008 Recipients

1. YWCA Casting for Recovery – $2,000
This 3-day fly fishing retreat for women recovering from breast cancer, hosted by the YWCA of Anchorage for the past 12 consecutive years, is one of the longest running CFR retreats in the nation.  Additional funding is provided from a variety of sources including the Alaska Fly Fishers, the YWCA of Anchorage and Orvis.
YWCA of Anchorage
324 E. 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK  99501
Courtney Sullivan 5330851

2. ENCOREplus Program – $39,000
ENCOREplus is now in its 14th year as the largest and most significant local outreach program for screening services and early detection education.  The YWCA’s ENCOREplus has referred thousands of women to screening services and has provided thousands more with important breast health information. The program provides a state-wide hotline and their priority population is the medically underserved, low-income, uninsured or underinsured women, with emphasis on minority and older women. The program has touched over 11,000 individuals.  Additional support is provided by the Avon Foundation, the Alaska Run for Women and Waterfall.
YWCA of Anchorage
324 E. 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK  99501

3. Alaska Breast Cancer Advocacy Partners – $4,800
ABCAP’s 600+ members are active in Alaska breast cancer support. They are in their eighth year as Alaska’s advocacy organization supporting breast cancer legislation in Alaska and in Washington D.C. They work with the National Breast Cancer Coalition and do an outstanding job in keeping government informed and engaged when it comes to breast cancer issues and funding.  Additional funding is provided by the Alaska Run for Women and individual donors.
P.O. Box 101744
Anchorage, AK  99510-1744
Carla Williams, 350-5405

4. Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation – $10,680
Native women are at a higher risk of breast cancer than for non-Hispanic White women.  This grant continues funding of an effort to educate the women in the Bristol Bay area on the importance of early breast cancer detection and treatment.  Funding will be used to further train health aides in breast screening in three remote communities, supplies and travel for trainers.
Robert J. Clark, President/CEO
6000 Kanakanak Road
P.O. Box 130
Dillingham, AK  99576

5. Affinity Films – $17,600
The film “Between Us” has educated and comforted thousands of individuals newly diagnosed with breast cancer for over ten years.  This grant provides funding to research, develop and pr-produce a new comprehensive DVD for Alaskans.
9440 Arlene Dr
Anchorage, AK  99502; 677-7970
Mary Katzke

6. Cancer Connection – Juneau – $3,000
This group organizes and hosts an annual Women’s Health Forum and has done so for 10 years. Their mission is to assist cancer survivors and their families and to provide education and awareness resources. They work with the local hospital to provide the best local education event possible.
P.O. Box 20329
Juneau, AK  99802
Patricia Yearty

7. Pink Ribbon Charities, Inc. – $8,400 
Pink Ribbon Charities assembles and distributes “comfort bags” to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.  This year they will assemble 400 bags for distribution in medical offices statewide.  The newly redesigned bags replace both the “chemo bags” previously distributed by Pink Ribbon Charities and the “Between Us” kits distributed by Mary Katzke.
2960 C Street, Suite 202
Anchorage, AK  99508
Debbie Williams, 562-5629

8. Katchemak Bay Family Planning Clinic – $16,738
This grant will be used to establish a door-to-door outreach program to identify barriers, increase awareness and recruit income-eligible medically underserved women for free screening.  The program will target specific populations according to need and will utilize “peer advocates.”
3959 Ben Walters Lane
Homer, AK  99603
Christine Fontaine
Michelle Waneka 907 235-3436; fax 235-8346

9. Anchorage Literacy Program – $12,770
This program will be used to develop curriculum for a health literacy course, teach the course and conduct at least one breast care workshop.  The program targets medically underserved women in Anchorage’s low-literacy population.  Additional funding and in-kind support is provided by the YWCA, Providence Imaging, Providence Cancer Center, UAA and the National Cancer Institute’s cancer information service.
1345 Rudakof Circle, #104
Anchorage, AK  99508
Polly Smith, 907 337-1981

10. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – $2,484
The project will conduct research to identify barriers to care for Alaskan Native women.  The researchers will work with community health aides, practitioners and tribal councils.  The approach includes community gatherings, surveys and phone interviews.  Additional support provided by ANTHC in-kind and volunteers.
4000 Ambassador Drive, DCHS
Anchorage, AK  99508
Bev Davis and Melany Cueva 720-2427

11. Providence Cancer Center – $3,500
The funds are to cover the honorarium for the keynote speaker at a symposium for primary care providers and cancer survivors in October 2008. The symposium will be open to all medical care givers and survivors.  The grant is a joint project between the Providence Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society, the State of Alaska and the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Partnership Program.  Additional support will be sought from other sources.
851 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK  99508
Wanda Katinszky, Dir. Oncology 212-6870

12. Providence Cancer Center – $19,479
This project will research and report on the needs of women diagnosed with breast cancer in Alaska.  The primary vehicle will be a statewide survey.  The project seeks to qualify and quantify demographic information, educational needs, medical care issues, quality of life issues and coping and support strategies.  The project builds on work done previously by a University of Alaska’s Masters of Public Health student.  It is a collaborative effort between the UAA Behavioral Health Research Services Department and Providence Cancer Center.  The research results will be published.  Additional funding and in-kind service will be provided Providence Cancer Center.
3851 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK  99508
Wanda Katinszky, Dir. Oncology 212-6870