SPECIAL FOR THE AJT //
Greater Atlanta Hadassah and Northside Hospital were awarded a grant of $3,750 by It’s The Journey, Inc., producer of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. The grant will fund the Greater Atlanta Hadassah “Check It Out!”breast health and cancer awareness program in the greater Atlanta community.
The grant is one of 19 awarded this year by It’s The Journey to breast cancer programs across Georgia.
“Grant funding allows our program to distribute information about breast health, including reminders about the importance of breast self examination, to everyone who attends a ‘Check It Out!’ presentation,” Ellen Banov, program chair, said. “We ask the young women to share the information with their friends and family members, too.”
The grantee celebration was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Buckhead on March 4; other recipient organizations provide screening and treatment to underserved communities, educate patients on early detection practices and offer multi-language treatment options (see itsthejourney.org for a full list).
“We work all year for this one night – to present grants to the most deserving breast health and breast cancer programs in the state.” said Kimberly Goff, It’s The Journey executive director. “We want to ensure that these organizations can continue to provide services from basic clinical exams to hereditary screening and follow-up treatment for breast cancer. We are proud that our funds remain focused on local needs that make a difference in Georgia communities.”
Since 1994, Greater Atlanta Hadassah and Northside Hospital have combined forces to present “Check It Out!” in high schools in the metro area. This free program – based on the premise that good health habits, if developed early, are more likely to become lifelong habits – strives to educate women, especially high school juniors and seniors, about breast health and cancer and the importance of early detection.
Recently, “Check It Out!” was expanded, and it is now presented at colleges, organizations and businesses as well. Since 2011, more than 1,800 women have participated.