Avon Foundation Awards University of Maryland's Baltimore City Cancer Program $75,000 Grant for Patient Navigation Program

For immediate release: May 04, 2014

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For information about the programs and services of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, call 1-800-888-8823. To contact the Baltimore City Cancer Program, call (410) 328-HOPE.

 Rhonda Silva, division administrator, Baltimore City Cancer Program, receives ceremonial check at Avon Walk for Women in Washington, D.C.

Rhonda Silva, division administrator, Baltimore City Cancer Program, receives ceremonial check at Avon Walk for Women in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. – The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded the University of Maryland’s Baltimore City Cancer Program a $75,000 grant to support its patient navigation program, which helps women with abnormal results receive follow-up care and treatment if they are diagnosed with cancer.

The grant was one of eight grants announced at the annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C., which raised $4.5 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer. The walk – the second of eight Avon Walks to be held across the U.S. this year – attracted 2,000 participants.

The Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) is a community-based initiative of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. It was created in 2001 to help eliminate cancer deaths in Baltimore City through early detection, diagnosis, treatment and education. Since then, more than 32,000 uninsured and underinsured city residents between the ages of 40 and 64 have been screened; 135 were diagnosed with cancer, nearly all of them with breast cancer.

The program provides breast and cervical health education, screening and diagnostic testing, case management, patient navigation, treatment and survivorship support. All services are provided free of charge to eligible participants.

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