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OLBH Awarded $40,000 from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $40,000 one-year grant to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) to increase early detection of breast cancer through OLBH’s Mobile Health Center. It is the eighth year the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work with the OLBH Mobile Health Center and in recognition of the program’s excellence.

The OLBH Mobile Health Center will utilize the $40,000 to provide mammography services to rural, underserved women in the FIVCO area. “Early detection saves lives,” Jeani Thomas, OLBH’s Women’s Health Service Line Leader, said. “The generous funding of the Avon Foundation for Women will help with our goal of saving women’s lives by promoting detection of breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. With the OLBH Mobile Health Center, we help women take control of their health by learning proper self-exam techniques and by having regular mammograms.”

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. 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 that of the OLBH Mobile Health Center help ensure all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.

Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,550 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection services.

For more information on the OLBH Mobile Health Center including a schedule of the center’s stops, call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273). For information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org, or the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER or www.cancer.gov. To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women, call 1-866-505-AVON or visit www.avonfoundation.org, where you can access free printable Breast Health Resource Guides in English and Spanish.  For information or to register or support the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer events, visit www.avonwalk.org or call 1-888-540-WALK.

The Avon Foundation for Women and Breast Cancer Crusade

The Avon Foundation for Women, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women and today is the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which observes its 20th anniversary in 2012, has placed Avon at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer; today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the cause globally. In the 20 years since the Crusade’s launch, Avon breast cancer programs in 58 countries have donated more than $740 million for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Avon raises funds for the Crusade through the sale of Avon “Pink Ribbon” products, and through events and walks, such as the U.S. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, which is the Foundation’s largest fund-raising source. 

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 {name of your program} at {name of your organization} 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.

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