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Bon Secours Foundation Receives Grant from Avon Breast Care Fund

Grant funds Every Woman's Life Program

The Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund has awarded a $35,000 one-year grant to the Bon Secours Every Woman’s Life program, a program that has reached more than 300,000 women regarding the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

The program is designed to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the fourth year that the program has received Avon Foundation funding.

“We are proud that the Avon Foundation shares our mission and has chosen to support the Every Woman’s Life program,” said Sr. Theresa Horvath, susc, vice president of Mission, Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, where the Every Woman’s Life Program is housed. “With these funds we will be able to screen approximately 400 uninsured/underinsured women this year for breast cancer which helps fulfill the Bon Secours mission of providing “good help to those in need.”

The Fund's National Advisory Board selected the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation as one of 144 new grant recipients nationwide in the 2008 cycle of Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund grants. The organizations were chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income, and older women who are often medically underserved.

Every Woman’s Life, at Bon Secours educates Richmond-area women and refers them to where they may receive low-cost or free mammograms as well as clinical breast exams in their own communities.

The program also pays for breast diagnostic studies related to abnormal breast exams or mammography results and facilitates enrollment into Medicaid for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Every Woman’s Life, along with its community partners, has been reaching out to women for more than five years. The program has enrolled nearly 1,000 women and provided some 1,600 mammograms and clinical breast exams for uninsured/underinsured women since July, 2003 in the Richmond area.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the U.S., According to the American Cancer Society, 6,080 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Virginia this year and 1,170 lives will be lost.

Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,000 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States, including the Every Woman’s Life program at the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation. For more information on the Every Woman’s Life program at Bon Secours, please call (804) 359-WELL (359-9355).

Bon Secours Richmond Health System has four hospitals in the Richmond area; St. Mary’s, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community and St. Francis Medical Center as well as Bon Secours HealthSource, comprised of more than 20 physician practice groups.

The Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund
The Avon Foundation, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women and their families. Now past the half century milestone, the Foundation brings this mission to life through the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program and the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which raises funds and awareness to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer, with a focus on the medically underserved. Since 1992 the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has raised and awarded more than $525 million worldwide for medical research; access to care; support services; screening and diagnostics; and education and awareness. The largest fundraising program in the U.S. is the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series. To learn more about the Avon Foundation, call 1-866-505-AVON or visit where you can also access the free printable Breast Health Resource Guide in English and Spanish.

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