Georgetown Gets Grant of $500,000 for Breast Care Center
May 7, 2012 – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer awarded Georgetown Lombardi’s Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC) $500,000 on Sunday to support the center’s efforts to help underserved women of Washington, D.C.
CBCC is part of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC).
Lombardi-CBCC team members joined 2,200-plus supporters on May 5 and 6 for the 2012 Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C. The walk marked the 10th anniversary of the event and raised a total of $5 million.
“Avon’s support of CBCC is significant because it has an immediate and direct impact on women in the Washington, D.C.-area,” explains Dr. Louis M. Weiner, Georgetown Lombardi’s director. “Avon’s contribution to CBCC allows us to offer breast cancer screening and breast care education to women who might not otherwise receive it. CBCC saves lives and we’re grateful for Avon’s direct role in that effort.”
The Avon Foundation has supported CBCC since 2004 with an initial grant of $1 million for the establishment of the center. With continued support from the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, the CBCC has provided screenings and services to more than 8,000 patients in the Southeast Washington, D.C., area.
During the closing ceremony, 10 local organizations received a total of $4.25 million in grants, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the community.
This year’s Georgetown Lombardi/CBCC Team Captain was Jeanne Mandelblatt, associate director for population sciences at Georgetown Lombardi.
“I walk so that our patients will know that we are with them every step of the way,” she said.
Georgetown’s team of 47 raised public awareness and more than $86,000 to help find a cure for breast cancer and continue support for the medically underserved in the area.