Grant Means Free Screening & Support to Those Who Qualify
Georgia drivers who purchased Breast Cancer Awareness license plates are helping people in need get the breast screenings and support they need.
Thanks to the Georgia Access to Care, Treatment and Services (ACTS) Breast Cancer License Tag Grant Program, the Athens Regional Foundation has been awarded a $50,000 grant to contribute to the “Northeast Georgia – BREAST (Be Ready with Early Access to Screening Tissue) Initiative.” Georgia CORE – the Center for Oncology Research and Education – administers the ACTS Grant on behalf of the Georgia State Office of Rural Health within the Department of Community Health.
“Awarding these grants is one of the most worthwhile jobs we have at Georgia CORE,” says Angie Patterson, Georgia CORE vice president and lead administrator of the ACTS Grant. “We are thrilled to present Athens Regional as a 2014 grant recipient.”
The “Northeast Georgia – BREAST Initiative” is a collaborative partnership led by Athens Regional’s Breast Health Center, the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support and the Athens Nurses Clinic to provide low-income women free clinical breast examinations, screening mammograms and diagnostic procedures, such as diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies as well as cancer risk assessment, counseling and genetic testing. To qualify for the free screenings, Athens Nurses Clinic needs to perform a clinical breast exam first.
For years, organizations throughout Georgia have applied for the ACTS Breast Cancer Grant — funded by the state’s breast cancer license tag program. Legislated by the Georgia General Assembly, $22 of every breast cancer awareness license tag purchased or renewed goes to the indigent care fund, which in turn pays for breast cancer education, screenings, and treatment for Georgians without insurance who are also below the poverty level.
“As long as Georgia drivers buy the license tag, the fund will continue to grow,” said Patterson. “With breast cancer being the second leading cause of cancer death among women in our state, we need more people to buy them so we can expand breast cancer treatments and early detection services to as many Georgians as possible.”
- To see if you qualify for these free screenings, call Athens Nurses Clinic at 706-613-6976.
- Learn more about mammograms at Athens Regional’s Breast Health Center.
- To purchase a breast cancer awareness license tag, visit the Georgia Department of Revenue website or your local county tag office.
- For more information cancer care initiatives, as well as trials, treatments, oncologists and resources currently available throughout the state, visit GeorgiaCancerInfo.org.