2009 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.

2. ENCOREplus Program – $46,008

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.

3. Alaska Breast Cancer Advocacy Partners – $6,790

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.

4. YWCA Fitness Center use for Rehabilitation Patients – $2,500

This program provides continuing access to the oncology rehabilitation facilities at the Providence Cancer Center after patients complete the program paid for by their insurance companies or Medicare.

5. Affinity Films – $33,000
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 re-produce a new comprehensive DVD for Alaskans.

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.

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 Affinity Films.

8. Anchorage Literacy Program – $13,560

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.

9. YWCA “Lend a Helping Hand” – $30,000

This program will be part of the national Lend a Helping Hand program that originated in New York.  The program provides customized services to patients undergoing treatment for breast and gynecological cancers, e.g. transportation, house cleaning, meal preparation, lawn care, etc.  Needs based eligibility either through self referral or physician referral.

10. AK Denali Oncology Nurses Society – with PRD Charities – $30,000

This program provides immediate financial relief for patients of any cancer identified by one of the participating oncology nurses as in immediate need.  There are no names recorded and there is no financial process required.  PRD Charities provides the management of the program purchasing and distributing gift cards to numerous oncology offices whose nurses are able to recognize and respond to immediate short-term financial need of the patients under their care.

11. Katchemak Bay Family Planning Clinic – $23,630
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.”