NEW YORK, NY — Today, the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert received a $30,000 grant from the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program: Identify-Amplify-Unify. In total, 22 non-profit organizations received grants totaling $1 million in funding to support and educate metastatic breast cancer patients, their caregivers and their communities.
The 22 grantee organizations will receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000, to:
- Address gaps in services for the metastatic breast cancer community, including medical, psychological, nutritional, complementary and integrative services, support, financial, and legal support.
- Distribute resources and services available to vulnerable populations, including through telemedicine.
- Share educational resources with the public focusing on metastatic disease, palliative care, treatment options, clinical trials, access to holistic medication, and complementary medicine.
Specifically, the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert (CRCD) aims to address the specific social, psychological, emotional, and functional aspects of the MBC patient’s experience. The goal of the CRCD MBC Program is to improve quality of life for both the patient and their circle of support by providing the opportunity for informed decision-making regarding available options for care, insurance support services, timing disability status, complex issue involving decision making regarding financial and medical benefits, and at patient request, information regarding the California End of Life Options Act. In addition to practical support, this culturally and linguistically appropriate program will provide: 1) quarterly support group meetings for MBC patients led by trained social workers/patient navigators; 2) quarterly education sessions for MBC patients; 3) bi-weekly one-on-one sessions with MBC patients to help them develop a care plan, empower them with practical and legal information, respond to any changes in financial need, health status, family circumstances, etc., in a timely fashion and; 4) host two events for patients, caregivers, family, and friends to improve awareness of MBC and treatment related issues in an informal, friendly setting. Through education and group interaction, CRCD hopes to reduce tension, anxiety, and fatigue and lower the risk of depression, with the overall goal of improving quality of life.
The Cancer Resource Center of the Desert is committed to this unique program, understanding that those living with MBC are in need of added support as they live this journey.
The Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program was created in June 2014 to support advocacy, academic and other nonprofit organizations that provide information and services to help people with metastatic breast cancer navigate the medical and emotional challenges associated with their disease. To date, the partners have invested $2 million towards this goal. The first class of grantees announced last year helped more than 32,800 individuals through efforts including nutrition counseling, patient navigation, education and complementary care. Nearly 230 caregivers also benefitted from grantee initiatives, and many more families and community members were supported by this work. In addition, some programs included online content, reaching more than 14 million people with information on metastatic breast cancer.
For more information about the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants program, visit http://www.avon39.org/about/grants/metastatic-breast-cancer-grants-program/.