2011 Recipients

1. ENCOREplus Program – $55,000
ENCOREplus provides education and screening to medically underserved women for breast and cervical cancer. Their outreach efforts include educating women about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer, as well as coordinating monthly Block Screening Clinics to provide women with pap tests, clinical breast exams and mammograms. They also remove barriers women face that may preclude them from receiving services by providing transportation, childcare and interpreters. The program has touched over 13,000 individuals.  Additional support is provided by the Avon Foundation, the Alaska Run for Women and Waterfall.

2. YWCA “Lend a Helping Hand” and “Men Too Project – $10,000
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 any type of cancer, e.g. transportation, house cleaning, meal preparation, lawn care, etc. Needs based eligibility either through self referral or physician referral.

3. Alaska Cancer Care Alliance – $10,400 
Formed by local oncologists at AK Regional Hospital to align patients, providers, agencies and programs and to assist in finding resources. Funding is provided for Navigation Kits, New Norm Leadership program compensation and materials and webinar support. Provides financial support to patients by extending cab vouchers to travel to and from treatment and $100 gift cardsprovided for Navigation Kits, New Norm Leadership program compensation and materials and webinar support.

4. American Cancer Society – $5,000
Compassionate giving grant which will provide transportation, lodging and food assistance to Alaska breast cancer patients (outside Anchorage) to help them get to treatment and follow-up appointments. Program will be administered through ACS’s Road to Recovery volunteer driver program and their Patient Lodging Program

5. Anchorage Literacy Program – $14,000
Program to conduct workshops on breast health and screening for individuals with limited English proficiency and/or low-literacy skills. Focused on increasing the number of cancer screenings for underserved. Provides language navigator support.

6. Katchemak Bay Family Planning Clinic – $29,000
This grant will be used to establish a door-to-door outreach program to identify barriers, increase awareness, educate, and recruit income-eligible medically underserved women for free screening. The program will target specific populations according to need and will utilize “peer advocates.”

7. Breast Cancer Detection Center – $20,000
BCDC is the first mammography center in Interior Alaska and serves Fairbanks and surrounding communities as well as bush communities. Mammograms are provided regardless of ability to pay through “mammo-assistance” program.  BCDC also offers education, awareness and support to survivors. Through grants they were able to purchase new equipment that is portable and can be barged to more remote areas of Alaska.

8. Women Listen – $5,000
Provide funding for bookmarks, flyers, and website fees, allowing for better communication and community outreach. They provide two retreats in Girdwood and one fly-fishing retreat for cancer survivors, They provide support for all cancer survivors, and 80% are survivors of breast cancer.

9. AK Denali Oncology Nurses Society – $50,000
This program provides 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. $50 gift cards are distributed to numerous oncology offices whose nurses are able to recognize and respond to immediate short-term financial need of the patients under their care. Program includes offices in Anchorage, Wasilla, Soldotna, and Fairbanks.