SERVING ALL WOMEN
Since 2007, the Fund has been committed to fulfilling Kay Yow’s vision of providing access to quality cancer healthcare for underserved women. This year, the program is focusing on Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) and its disproportionate affects on Black women.
- Triple Negative Breast Cancer is a more aggressive form of cancer. It grows more quickly, spreads faster, and is more likely to come back than any other kind of breast cancer.
- Because TNBC does not respond to hormonal therapy medicines or medicines that target HER2 protein receptors, there are fewer treatment options available.
- Black women are diagnosed at an earlier age and have a higher mortality rate.
- Clinical trials lack diversity and equal access.
- Award fifteen $50,000 grants to help underserved women gain access to quality cancer healthcare.
- Leverage Play4Kay, our national grassroots movement, as well as media and corporate partners to amplify the need for increased resources for underserved women facing cancer.
- Permeate, educate, and empower the family unit resulting in a ripple effect that will improve survival rates and enhance cancer outcomes throughout underserved communities nationwide.
- Provide a vehicle to break down internal, interpersonal, and environmental barriers to quality cancer healthcare for underserved women with a specific focus on TNBC.
Awareness, education, activation...the time is NOW!
Underserved Grants To Date:
2012 – UNC REX Healthcare – Digital imaging equipment for mobile mammography unit
2014 – UNC REX Healthcare – Digital imaging equipment for 2nd mobile mammography unit
2019 – Hope Lodge/Lubbock – Housing for patients actively undergoing cancer treatment
2019 – Mount Nittany Health – Patient navigator services for rural Pennsylvania
2019 – Stephenson Cancer Center – Patient navigator services for rural Oklahoma
2019 – UNC REX Healthcare – 3D imaging equipment for 2 mobile mammography units
2020 – Tulane Cancer Center – access to clinical trials for minority patients