It’s been a busy month at the foundation! Here are a few highlights:
-The foundation participated in the We Will Survive Cancer Gala honoring cancer survivor Ginger Vuich. We are looking into ways the foundation can team up with We Will Survive Cancer to provide additional care to women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.
-Dr. Weintritt traveled to both Vancouver and Florida for educational opportunities that will benefit patients in our area and beyond. In Vancouver, he was involved with establishing a protocol for a new technique for lymph node biopsies aimed at improving how they are done in the United States and provide options for less developed countries world wide. Dr. Weintritt spoke at a major hospital in Florida to discuss the development of a breast care program and identify ways in which care for women could be improved.
-The foundation met with representatives from a company dedicated to providing an affordable method of genetic testing for patients. For many cancers, our DNA holds the key to understanding our risk and the ability to act BEFORE cancer occurs or at least improve how we are screened. We will continue to seek opportunities to provide cutting edge technology to our patients and avoid unnecessary or outdated treatments wherever possible.
-Dr. Weintritt and foundation Executive Director Martha Carucci met with physicians and administrators from Neighborhood Health clinic in Alexandria. Neighborhood Health is dedicated to providing care for uninsured and underinsured women in our area. We had a very productive meeting and will work with them to educate their team as well as provide our resources to give these local women access to the same level of care as others. Neighborhood Health’s desire to reach out and our desire to provide them the necessary resources allow us to work together to change the statistics that identify our area as the part of the country with the highest rate of breast cancer and one of the highest incidences of late stage breast cancer diagnosis.
-The First Annual National Breast Center Foundation Golf Tournament was a great success! Despite a few showers, the weather held up for a fun and friendly day on the links for a great cause. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and all those who participated in the event. The money raised from the tournament will go toward furthering the foundation mission of education, access and technology for all women. We look forward to having more of you join us next year!
-Stay tuned for more updates and news about our upcoming walk for breast cancer in October. If you have any questions, suggestions or are interested in volunteering for the foundation, please contact Martha Carucci at Martha.Carucci@nationalbreastcenterfoundation.org.