Atlanta, GA – (March 12, 2012) Piedmont Hospital has been awarded two grants from It's The Journey, Inc., producers of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. The first grant of $35,000 - which is one of 23 grants awarded to organizations throughout Georgia - will fund PINK, a comprehensive wellness program for women undergoing breast cancer treatment in the community. The second grant, valued at $15,000, will fund genetic counseling and testing for eligible, high-risk individuals who are underserved, uninsured and live south of Piedmont Fayette Hospital.
"Prevention and education are two easy ways to combat this disease," said John Goodman, executive director of oncology services for Piedmont Healthcare. "The programs funded by It's The Journey help us identify women who are at-risk for breast cancer and counsel those who have already begun their fight. It is our hope that these programs bring us one step closer to reducing future breast cancer diagnoses."
It's The Journey, Inc. held its annual grantee reception on Mon., March 5 at Maggiano's in Buckhead to celebrate the recipients and the work they do. (above, from left to right): Glenn Martin, chairman of the board for It's The Journey; Jennifer Hopper, manager of the Piedmont Hospital Health and Fitness Club; Carolyn Helmer, manager of Cancer Wellness at Piedmont Hospital; and Laurel Sybilrud, grants committee chair for It's The Journey.
Piedmont cancer wellness programs, such as PINK, are free to anyone affected by cancer regardless of where they receive treatment, thanks to private donations and grants like the ones received from It's The Journey, Inc.
"Even in these tough economic times, the board of directors has been able to grant funding for many Georgia organizations," said Kim Goff, executive director of It's The Journey, Inc. "We want to ensure that these organizations can continue to provide services from basic clinical exams to hereditary screening and follow-up treatment for breast care. We are proud that our funds remain focused on local needs that make a difference in Georgia communities."
It's The Journey, Inc. awarded grants to 23 organizations across the state. These organizations include those who provide treatment to underserved communities, educate patients on early detection practices and offer multi-language treatment options. For a complete listing of grant recipients and a brief description of their programs, visit www.2DayWalk.org.
(From left to right): Glenn Martin, chairman of the board for It's The Journey; Molly Klein, genetic counselor for Oncology Services at Piedmont Hopsital; and Laurel Sybilrud, grants committee chair for It's The Journey.
Piedmont is a sponsor of the 10th Anniversary Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer which will take place October 6 to 7, 2012. All of the money raised in Atlanta will stay in Georgia. To register for the walk, visit www.2DayWalk.org.