Breast care center receives $52K from Pink Aid

Women with breast cancer will have increased access to support services from the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center as the result of a grant from Pink Aid, a grant-based organization founded by Andrew Mitchell-Namdar of Mitchell’s stores.

In addition to providing financial assistance for screening and diagnostic services, the grant for $52,000 will help medically underserved women gain access to support services and complementary therapies, such as nutrition counseling, mental health counseling and yoga.

Support services help relieve the stress and side effects — physical, financial and emotional — that make cancer treatment more difficult and slow recovery. The recent expansion of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center grew out of the efforts to provide women with the tools they need to make treatment less onerous and enhance recovery.

“This gifts means underserved women will have the same access to services as women with insurance or other means of support,” said Dr. Donna Twist, executive director of the breast care center. “This is so important to the community we serve. So many of our clients are single mothers or otherwise on their own with no one to turn to when they are faced with a serious illness. This gift means they will be able to take advantage of therapies and services that make it easier to take part in daily life while undergoing treatment and help speed their recovery.”

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