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Pink Aid gives Northwell Health $105k for breast cancer screenings

Lauryn Koke, Pink Aid grant committee co-chairperson, with patient Pamella.
Lauryn Koke, Pink Aid grant committee co-chairperson, with patient Pamella.

Three Northwell facilities benefit from women's health grants

NEW HYDE PARK, NY —

Local breast cancer charity Pink Aid Long Island has donated $105,000 this year to Northwell Health for women who could not otherwise afford or receive breast cancer screenings and support services. The funds will be used to help patients in need at three facilities.

The Dolan Family Health Center in Greenlawn received $45,000 this year. The grant funds both screening and diagnostic mammograms; breast sonograms; cyst aspirations and biopsies for Long Island women who are uninsured or underinsured. Pink Aid grants to the Dolan Center have totaled $170,000 since 2014, which has helped approximately 850 women obtain breast cancer screenings and follow-up care.

The Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Center for Advanced Medicine in New Hyde Park received a $30,000 grant to help with non-medical emergent needs for uninsured and underinsured women who are either actively receiving breast cancer treatment or undergoing postoperative care. Financial support offered through Pink Aid can assist with transportation to and from appointments; food-related expenses; house cleaning; childcare; wigs; and post-mastectomy garments. The Cancer Institute has received Pink Aid grants totaling $118,154 since 2016 and has supported nearly 220 women.

Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead received Pink Aid grants totaling $30,000 this year. Peconic Bay’s Pink Aid Hardship Fund helps with the aforementioned non-medical emergent needs. Peconic Bay’s Take Care of You Navigation Services grant, which received $20,000, will help expand services offered by the hospital’s bilingual, breast cancer navigation coordinator. Peconic Bay has received $67,400 from Pink Aid since 2017, which has helped approximately 80 women.

Access to women's care

“The Pink Aid Long Island grants we have received have gone a long way in helping us to allow women to get these vitally important tests,” said Richard Barakat, MD, physician-in-chief at Northwell Health Cancer Institute. “We appreciate Pink Aid Long Island’s continued generosity.”

Pink Aid Long Island Co-President Rosemary Connors noted, “Knowing that our grants are helping women, who often put everyone else before themselves, put their health as it relates to breast cancer first has been so rewarding. Our partnership with Northwell Health’s facilities has helped us change so many women’s lives.”

For more information about Northwell Health’s breast cancer services, go to https://www.northwell.edu/cancer-institute/cancer-care/conditions/breast-cancer.

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