Program supporting breast cancer patients receives grant

On March 28, a program of Alameda Health System connecting more than 400 patients who have breast cancer with life-saving services was awarded a $10,000 grant from To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation.

The grant, managed by Alameda Health System Foundation, supports the Patient Navigation Program, which serves patients from low-income communities who have breast cancer. Spanning the continuum of care, the Program helps eliminate barriers to access timely diagnosis and treatment.

Designated to the Program’s Breast Cancer Patient Transportation Fund, the grant will help provide patients with vouchers for transportation via taxi and paratransit, as well as Clipper cards and parking vouchers.

Jin Kim, manager of the Program, accepted the grant award on behalf of Alameda Health System and Alameda Health System Foundation. At the grantee reception, Kim recognized the importance of the To Celebrate Life grant for patients.

“Thanks to the generosity of To Celebrate Life, we are able to lessen the burden of high transportation costs that our patients incur. Breaking down this major barrier to access to diagnosis and treatment greatly improves their chances of survival,” said Kim.

The grantee reception held a special meaning for Kim, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Kim shared her story with To Celebrate Life leadership and her first-hand experience of the impact of the organization.

“It was an incredible and transformative experience to be part of a community of survivors, funders, fundraisers, and organizations that have worked, and continue to work, to make life less stressful for individuals facing breast cancer. We are so grateful for their support,” said Kim.

The grant marks the third year of To Celebrate Life’s support of the Program. Based in Marin County, To Celebrate Life is an all-volunteer organization whose leadership is composed of breast cancer survivors and individuals who have had a loved one affected by breast cancer.

Above: Jin Kim accepts a $10,000 grant on behalf of Alameda Health System and Alameda Health System Foundation from To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation. Kim is the manager of the health system’s Patient Navigation Program.

 

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