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The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program reduces transportation barriers and increases access to care by providing assistance through volunteer rides and pre-paid gas cards to help patients get to lifesaving cancer treatment appointments. In locations where there are not enough volunteers to meet patient requests or instances when a volunteer’s availability does not match a patient’s treatment schedule, pre-paid gas cards provide a flexible solution; patients with cars are able to purchase gas to drive to treatment, and patients without cars—or who are unable to drive themselves--can offer a gas card to a friend or relative to pay for gas to drive them to treatment. Grant funds from the Komen Eastern Washington Affiliate will provide free pre-paid American Express “Fill It Up” gas cards to help up to 90 eligible breast cancer patients living in or receiving treatment in the Eastern Washington Affiliate’s 14-county service area purchase gas to get to their outpatient treatment appointments.
Through funds provided by the Eastern Washington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Kennewick General Hospital (KGH) added a Spanish-language Buddy Check 25 program to its English-language one that provides tools and education to the Hispanic community, encouraging self-awareness and prevention techniques for early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. No less than 500 enrollees will receive free tools, culturally sensitive information and education toward the goal that exams and follow up become a routine component to a healthy lifestyle. Funds are also used to expand enrollment in the existing English-language Buddy Check 25 program by 300% and KGH is well on its way in attaining that goal. Additionally, Komen funding supports a part-time staff member, Maria Torres, to create a Breast Health Outreach and Education program targeting Hispanic women throughout the county. Volunteers will be recruited, trained and supported as they provide Spanish and English presentations to community groups and organizations throughout southeastern Washington.
“I felt compelled to write to you today as we just held our Annual Breakfast Meeting this morning, highlighting funds raised over the past year and the impact they have had on our community. In our video, we highlighted our free mammogram program and the 18 lives that have literally been saved as a direct result of your funding over the past 2.5 years. Your organization has made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many uninsured women in our community and I know that I can speak for those 18 women and the more than 200 women we have provided free screenings to when I say that we are all eternally grateful for your support.”