About WV Breast Health Initiative
Mission Statement – The West Virginia Breast Health Initiative, Inc. is a new organization, on an ongoing mission to increase breast cancer awareness and prevention across West Virginia/our great state.
The West Virginia Breast Health Initiative, Inc. (WVBHI) builds on previous efforts in West Virginia to raise awareness and educate West Virginians about breast cancer. Emphasis will be on increasing breast health education, financially assisting breast cancer screenings, facilitating patient navigation, and promoting survivor recognition. One hundred percent of funds raised through WVBHI will remain in West Virginia and will continue grants with existing health partner programs.
Where does the money go?
WVBHI’s fundraising efforts will be used to support the following services in West Virginia:
- Provide support for early detection breast cancer screening tests (clinical breast exams, and mammography)
- Provide financial based needs assistance to those suffering from breast cancer and their families. (Delvia is example below).
- Provide community outreach education programs to local area schools in an effort to educate youth on topics such as breast cancer detection and breast health
- Provide immediate phone support and education to those diagnosed with breast cancer on topics such as insurance coverage (Zena is example below)
- Provide grants for rural community health clinics and hospitals to assist in areas such as early detection breast cancer screening tests
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.