Grant Recipient: The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary Home Care Shop
The Home Care Shop specializes in health care items, and has an excellent selection of products for women who have undergone breast surgery. We have a certified fitter on premise and we carry an extensive collection of Amoena pocketed bras, prostheses and clothing as well as bamboo head turbans, hats and scarves. The grant provided by CBBCF will allow the Home Care Shop to be authorized to process claims for medical items directly with insurance companies.
The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary Home Care Shop is owned and operated by the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The shop is located on the first floor of the Fauquier Hospital near the Gift Shop. The Home Care Shop is dedicated to promoting and supporting the health of the local community. Learn more at www.homecareshop.org
Grant Recipient: Novant Mammovan hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church
Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation (CBBCF) is a Middleburg based nonprofit organization, formed in 2007, whose mission is to raise and locally a ward funds for Breast Cancer detection, treatment, education, and research into the elimination of the disease.
Trinity has supported this organization over the past several years by donating funds from Outreach, and by fielding a team of walkers/runners to participate in the foundation’s primary fundraiser, the Walks/5K Runs/Pooch Prances in Middleburg & Ashburn. Several Trinity members also serve on the Board of Directors.
The relationship between Trinity and CBBCF was extended on Saturday, October24th, 2018, In a desire to offer mammograms to local women, especially underserved women, right here in their backyard, CBBCF arranged for the Novant mammography van to come out to the community. The mobile mammography van is one of the local projects that CBBCF has generously funded in fulfillment of its arm of mission focused on detection of breast cancer. Trinity graciously agreed to host the visit in their parking lot.
During the five scheduled hours of the visit, nineteen women had mammograms done!
They represented a wide cross section of our locality and included women from the African-American community, Hispanic community, from the Levis Hill community, and from the Trinity community, including congregants, a teacher from PCCC and ESL students. As the women waited for their turn, they introduced themselves to each other and enjoyed conversation and fellowship. A Trinity member commented that it was such a great opportunity to meet and get to know others from our community. The Novant technicians were very pleased with the turn out and talked about returning next year for a longer scheduled time.
Grant Recipient: Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers through funding of Medical Transportation & Supportive Services for Breast Cancer patients & survivors
So far this year, we have been able to help 10 women with Breast Cancer, 5 with Ovarian Cancer, and another 25 care receivers, both men and women, who are in one stage or another with their battle with cancer. Sadly, we have lost two care receivers to cancer this year, but were glad we could help as long as possible.
Overall this past year, our volunteers helped 40 individuals with cancer, driving over 12,100 miles and giving almost 900 hours of time to help members of our community battling various forms of cancer
With the assistance of the CBBC Foundation, we continue to be able to accept into our programs many new cancer patients needing our assistance; we are able to meet the transportation and supportive service needs of our care receivers with cancer and other vulnerable members of the Loudoun County population approximately 97% of the time, and to bring warmth, quilts and connection to many who need this.
Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers (LVC) is a community of volunteers helping frail elderly and adults with disabilities and chronic illness to maintain independence and quality of life. Since our founding in 1995, our services have been and remain completely free, regardless of income. Often, we are these care receivers and their families last hope. LVCs volunteers provide assisted transportation to medical appointments, personal money management, and supportive services including grocery delivery and trips to the bank. We also strive to provide quality of life events to reduce care receiver isolation and depression and to increase social engagement and connection. Learn more at www.lvcaregivers.org
Grant Recipient: The IIIB’s Foundation
The funds that the Cherry Blossom Grant Program provide us are used to provide our Bosom Buddy Baskets to comfort women at Inova Loudoun Hospital as well as the Novant Hospitals in Manassas and Haymarket.
We have provided over 125 baskets
Since the hospitals have provided no funding for these baskets, this grant is most helpful in serving these local ladies and their families.
We are having a big impact on the community by giving these Bosom Buddy Baskets filled with recovery and comfort items that these women don’t know they will need until they need them such as a seatbelt protector to use on the way home from the hospital and a back scratcher to use in the hospital when the medications start to itch their skin. There are approximately 30 items in the basket with some being there for their families and care takers as well.
The hundreds of notes/thank yous we receive state that they are so happy and touched by the beautiful basket made especially for them with items that they didn’t know they needed until they got them. This is one we have received:
“This breast cancer “thing” that just happened to me was just a total shocker for me. It all happened so fast and so quick – I hardly had time to think.”
The Bosom Buddy Basket you all put together just made me so happy the day I got it – it was absolutely beautiful – a WONDERFUL thing to do
“I was so happy – I didn’t want to open it because it was so pretty. When I finally did – After my surgery – I cried and I think I’ve used everything in it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
What we have found is that we are not only comforting these women at the time of their surgeries but we also provide them a community of women and an avenue to give back by volunteering while paying it forward and making Bosom Buddy Baskets and also meeting other Bosom Buddies.
The IIIB’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization as a 501(C)(3) (Tax ID #45-2048456) with the mission of comforting women through the pain associated with breast cancer surgery and treatment. We provide this comfort by delivering Bosom Buddy Baskets to local women when they wake up in the hospital following breast cancer mastectomy surgery. We are celebrating our 14th anniversary of providing thousands of Bosom Buddy Baskets as gifts to breast cancer survivors to ensure that no woman faces breast cancer alone. Learn more at www.BosomBubbyBaskets.Org
Grant Recipient: Novant Health UVA Health System Breast Health Initiative for Underserved and Minority Individuals
We will apply the $25,000 grant award from CBBCF to translation services, screening mammography and diagnostic procedures for underserved and minority patients throughout Prince William and surrounding counties. Through collaboration with community-based nonprofits, we anticipate assisting 420 individuals through the NH UVA Mobile Mammography Coach by December 31, 2018. Ninety to ninety-five percent of the community members who utilize our mobile mammography unit have no health insurance.
The philanthropic efforts of Novant Health’s foundations inspire giving that supports programs and initiatives having direct patient impact.
Through the generous support of individuals, families, companies and grant-making institutions, Prince William Medical Center Foundation supports Novant Health UVA Health System in its mission to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time.
Grant Recipient: Inova Schar Cancer Institute
CBBCF grant funds were used for cryotherapy support for breast cancer patients to prevent peripheral neuropathy and alopecia in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Cryotherapy is the use of cold temperatures to decrease the blood flow causing less absorption of chemotherapy in the hands, feet, or scalp. Through a two-year lease of DigiCap® Scalp Cooling System,
ISCI is able to provide cold cap therapy to breast cancer patients at the Fairfax West Infusion Center serving patients from across Northern Virginia,
with a majority of patients residing in Western Fairfax County, Prince William County, and Eastern Loudoun County regions.
Cryotherapy Breast Cancer Patient Testimonial
26 year old: Last summer, care was provided to a 26 year old woman who was going to be maid of honor in her best friend’s wedding in September and was naturally concerned about her appearance. The cold cap therapy was her best option for keeping her hair and helping her emotionally process and endure treatment for her breast cancer as a young adult. As a result of receiving cold cap therapy through this program and the Inova Schar Cancer Institute infusion clinic, this young woman was able to keep her hair and participate fully with confidence in her friend’s wedding.
Inova Schar Cancer Institute is an international center for advanced cancer care and research. Collaborating with clinical and scientific partners, we conduct genomic and translational research to better understand, predict, prevent, and eliminate cancer. Our personalized health approach enables us to create individualized treatments and preventive analytics to predict illness for every unique individual and family we provide care. Learn more at www.inovacancer.org
Grant Recipient: Blueridge Hospice, Patient Care Fund – Hospice Care for Breast Cancer Patients
The Patient Care Fund is a charity fund available to patients and families unable to afford hospice services. Funds from the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation contribute to the Patient Care Fund and are use to supplement hospice and end-of-life care for breast cancer patients with little or no insurance.
In 2018, thus far, Blue Ridge Hospice has cared for 16 patients with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Blue Ridge Hospice is the local, not-for-profit hospice serving residents in the City of Winchester and the Virginia counties of Frederick, Clarke, Loudoun, Shenandoah, Warren, and Fauquier. Our mission is to make excellent end-of-lifecare available to individuals with life-limiting illness, to support their families and those affected by death and dying in our communities, and to advocate for patient comfort, dignity, and choice. Learn more at Blueridge Hospice