A look back at Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 8:04 PM | by mitch

By Michelle Hallmark, Director of Client Services

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), a reminder to women and men to learn about the importance of breast health and take the necessary steps to help find the disease at an early stage.  Little Red Door Cancer Agency provides free mammography services year-round to those who are low income, uninsured or underinsured, and live in central Indiana.

Little Red Door also provides breast health education and navigation services to low cost mammography resources for anyone in need.

For those diagnosed with breast cancer, the agency offers many support services including care packages, transportation to treatment, wig and breast prostheses fittings, lymphedema garments, nutritional supplements, and medical supplies.

Little Red Door also offers therapeutic massage and yoga classes for all cancer survivors and caregivers through its Door to Wellness program, offered every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cancer survivors are also navigated to a variety of resources to meet their needs throughout their cancer journey.  A list of some of these resources can be found on our website.

Here is a list of other resources for breast cancer patients and survivors:

Pink Ribbon Connection  Provides emotional support, local resources, and education to those touched by breast cancer across Indiana.

Sister’s Network Committed to increasing local and national attention the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community.

I.W.I.N. (Indiana Women In Need) Foundation  A non-profit organization that assist women and their families enduring breast cancer. Eligible individuals receive services of personal errands, childcare, housekeeping, lawn maintenance, in-home pet care, massage therapy, photographer services, meal preparation, yoga & exercise classes. Contact: 1-866-900-4946 or 317-475-0565.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Indianapolis Affiliate  Eradicate breast cancer through research, education, screening, and treatment. Contact: 317-638-2873.

Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust  Increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening and diagnosis throughout Indiana; also provides awareness license plates. Contact: 1-866-724-2228.

Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)  Provides access to breast and cervical cancer screenings, diagnostic testing, and treatment for underserved and underinsured women who qualify for services.

Eskenazi Health Embrace   A program at Eskenazi Health for women with cancer to receive supportive services through a holistic approach, strengthening their ability to adjust to life with cancer.

Cleaning for a Reason  Partners with maid services to offer professional house cleanings for women undergoing treatment for cancer.

American Breast Cancer Foundation  To provide financial assistance for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for uninsured and underserved individuals, regardless of age or gender.

The Pink Fund  Provides up to 90 days of non-medical financial aid for breast cancer patients to cover the basic cost of living expenses.

Pink-4-ever  Provides resources, education, support, access to screening services and financial assistance to low-income women and men who are in active treatment for breast cancer in order to cover basic human needs, lessen financial burdens, and improve quality of life in the community.