How WVBHI Is Moving Forward During COVID In 2020

WVBHI continues to keep up the fight against breast cancer throughout the COVID pandemic. Although WVBHI postponed its annual May, 2020 Race for the Ribbon due to the pandemic, that has not stopped WVBHI from its fundraising efforts and outreach campaign into West Virginia communities. With the pandemic ongoing, WVBHI has focused on virtual fundraising campaigns and alternative outreach programs. For 2020, WVBHI has spearheaded the “Misty Bennett’s Seeds of Hope” campaign. This campaign and community outreach program was formed and named after WVBHI’s co-founder Misty Bennett who passed away in March, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. The “Misty Bennett’s Seeds of Hope” campaign uses fundraising dollars and plants “Seeds of Hope” in the amount of $5,000.00 to local area community organizations that can then use that money to provide for mammograms and other diagnostic services for local West Virginians who are in need. At WVBHI and especially with the COVID pandemic, local communities are in need of “Seeds of Hope” now more than ever. Stay tuned for how “Misty Bennett’s Seeds of Hope” has positively impacted your community.

Our Mission

West Virginia Breast Health Initiative aims to raise awareness and fund breast cancer programs with an emphasis on increasing breast health education, financially assisting breast cancer screenings, facilitating patient navigation, and providing survivor services. Through fundraising efforts across the state, 100% of the proceeds remain in West Virginia to assist uninsured and under-insured West Virginians.

Our Impact

On average in West Virginia 6 people will die from breast cancer every week.  In the past 2 years, West Virginia Breast Health Initiative has been able to directly impact the newly diagnosed with education, navigation, funds, survivor kits and someone to personally talk with who has been where they are.  Our goal is to have our first statewide grants ready to be applied for at the beginning of 2020.

Thanks to supporters like you, WVBHI has provided over $38,500 throughout the state of WV to increase breast cancer education and awareness, provide mammograms and diagnostics, transportation, lodging, assist with heating and to support breast cancer survivors and their families.

In the spring of 2020, WVBHI will be gifting out our first Misty Bennett’s Seeds of Hope totaling $20,000.00.

Success Stories

Jeri was diagnosed in February of 2020 with breast cancer.  After a mastectomy and enduring many rounds of chemotherapy, West Virginia Breast Health Initiative was contacted by the local hospital where she was being treated.  Jeri needed to complete 3 straight weeks of radiation starting on August 10, 2020 and did not have transportation. Because of COVID and Jeri’s compromised immune system, we knew we had to figure out how to get her transported safely and dependably.  We contacted Vickie, a private driver who agreed to transport Jeri every single day at an affordable rate that WVBHI agreed to pay.  On August 28, Jeri’s PET scan results showed no sign of breast cancer!  A few days later Jeri and her son Benjamin and driver extraordinaire Vickie came in to celebrate the good news.  Even Benjamin wanted to ring the bell!

Jeri’s story is one of many that people like you are helping across West Virginia.  Thank you for your continued support!

Lora was 38 years old in 2019, from Oak Hill, WV when she contacted our office.  2 years prior, Lora had been diagnosed with the BRCA gene.  Lora’s doctor had advised her to undergo a complete hysterectomy as a precautionary measure and her insurance covered the surgery.

Due to Lora being under the age of 40 (the age when most insurance companies will pay for a mammogram) she was ineligible for a much needed mammogram.  After contacting WVBHI and undergoing the required basic financial and medical assessments,  she was able to receive a mammogram paid for by WVBHI along with the radiology report. Thankfully, Lora was diagnosed as breast cancer free!

This year, in 2020, Lora will still be under the age for an approved mammogram from her insurance company.  WVBHI will be following up to make sure Lora gets her mammogram in November.

Chrissy is from Clendenin. In 2018 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was being treated at CAMC in Charleston.  Fortunately she was able to apply for and be approved for a WV Medical Card through West Virginia Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program.

Twice a week for 6 months, she and her husband Ron, made the commute for her chemo treatments.  It is over 70 miles per trip from her home to the treatment facility.  WVBHI was able to provide Chrissy with gas cards to help with the financial burden of her transportation.

Chemo treatments over and on her way to recovery with a very weak immune system, she lost her main source of heat in November 2019.  WVBHI was able to purchase and deliver a secondary source of heat.

As of June 2020, Chrissy is in remission and living life to the fullest.