Here is how we have helped others
Delvia – “Provide financial based needs assistance to those suffering from breast cancer and their families.” Our program helps survivors like Delvia from Alderson, WV. Delvia was diagnosed in 2016 and was able to attend her first Race on May 5th. Her daughter and granddaughter flew in from Miami to show their support and walk in honor of their Mom and Grandma. Sadly, the very excited Delvia had a stroke half way through the course and had to be admitted to the local hospital. WVBHI was able to immediately secure accommodations and provide financial assistance for her family, who were due to fly out that same day. After 4 days in the hospital, Delvia was released to go home to Alderson and her family was able to fly back to Miami.
Zena – “Provide immediate phone support and education to those diagnosed with breast cancer on topics such as insurance coverage.” When Zena was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2016, she and her boyfriend Sean, immediately came to the West Virginia Breast Health Initiative, Inc. office. Our Team at WVBHI were able to provide Zena and Sean the empathy, understanding, compassion, responsiveness and support that so many West Virginians and their families need when facing the frightening initial diagnosis of breast cancer and the impact of treatment. Today, Zena is cancer free and is a proud supporter and advocate for WVBHI.
Bonnie’s Bus is a mobile mammography unit that travels across West Virginia, offering breast cancer screening in a comfortable, convenient environment. The Bus serves women who have private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, as well as uninsured women who qualify for the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program.
Grant funds and donations are available to pay for women without coverage, so that no woman age 40 or over is ever turned away. Since 2009, Bonnie’s Bus has provided over 13,900 mammograms and detected at least 62 cases of breast cancer.
Mountains of Hope is West Virginia’s Comprehensive Cancer Coalition. Mountains of Hope is comprised of more than 200 health care professionals, volunteers, cancer survivors, and community advocates from across the Mountain State. Coalition members meet on a quarterly basis in the Charleston area and work together to implement the goals and objectives outlined in our state’s ambitious comprehensive cancer plan. Mountains of Hope is the author of the WV Cancer Plan.
The WVBCCSP provides clinical breast examinations (CBEs), mammograms, and Pap tests for eligible women, as well as diagnostic testing for women whose screening outcome is abnormal. Since Program inception in 1991, the WVBCCSP has enrolled over 107,000 women and provided more than 209,000 Pap tests, 136,000 mammograms, and 198,000 breast exams.
While screening services are key to early detection, their existence alone is insufficient to achieve a reduction in the illness and death associated with these diseases. As required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the WVBCCSP engages in the following activities in order to implement a comprehensive program:
- Program Management
- Screening and Diagnostic
- Education and Outreach
- Partnership and Collaboration
- Evaluation (Surveillance, Quality Assurance, and Technical Assistance)