The breast health program S.O.S., Save Our Sisters at Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. will educate Huntington area women and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program will also do community outreach in an effort to meet women where they live.
Since January 2007, the Save Our Sister (S.O.S.) at Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. has reached more than 3,498 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and has referred 2009 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams. The annual Celebration of Hope has become a signature event for breast cancer awareness.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States, and the leading single cause of death overall in women between the ages of 40 and 55. According to the American Cancer Society, 1,430 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in West Virginia this year and 280 lives will be lost. Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes and a death from breast cancer every 14 minutes. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as Save Our Sisters help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.
“We are very thankful that the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission of providing healthcare to the uninsured and has chosen to support our program. With these funds we will be able to continue to provide support services for breast health to Ebenezer patients and outreach to the community,” says Mrs. Yvonne Jones, Executive Director of Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc.
Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,550 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States, including Save Our Sisters program at Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services.
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program
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 Save Our Sisters at Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. as one of 120 new grant recipients nationwide in the 2012 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.