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Monday, May 9, 2005 - SJH Breast Cancer Bridge Program Receives $53,000 Grant
SJH Breast Cancer Bridge Program Receives $53,000
Grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
VINELAND, NJ (May 9) – The South Jersey Healthcare Breast Cancer Bridge Program recently received a $53,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The program is a free community service that helps area women cope with breast cancer by providing them with educational materials and resources.

The Breast Cancer Bridge Program will use part of the grant to fund its “50 over 50” campaign, which aims to educate at least 50 women over the age of 50 about the importance of scheduling a yearly mammogram. The grant will also help the program continue its on going patient education efforts, which include a cancer resource library; internet resources; individualized informational packets; and follow-up throughout the cancer treatment journey.

Doris Moore, RN, coordinator of the SJH Breast Cancer Bridge Program and breast and ovarian cancer survivor, acts as a health care advocate for breast cancer patients. She offers support, educational information and practical tips for coping with the changes that breast cancer brings to the survivor and her family.

“I’m excited that we received this grant because it allows us to expand the program and help more patients,” said Moore. “The Breast Cancer Bridge Program empowers patients with knowledge, which helps reduce the paralysis caused by the worry and fear of breast cancer.”

The program also provides community education and complementary medicine programs such as poetry writing workshops, reiki therapy, wellness seminars, peer speaker programs and cancer screenings.

“The Breast Cancer Bridge Program is truly unique because it provides individualized support for women,” said Melanie Pirollo, Director of SJH Cancer Services. “Doris designs education packets for each woman based on her needs, which is a very thoughtful approach to care in this day and age of fast-paced information.”

The cancer program at South Jersey Healthcare, located in the new Frank and Edith Scarpa Cancer Pavilion at the Regional Medical Center in Vineland, has been a member of the Fox Chase Network since 1995. This select group of hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania work in partnership with the Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer the latest in cancer prevention, detection, and treatment to people in Cumberland County and surrounding communities.

For more information about the SJH Breast Cancer Bridge Program, call Doris Moore at 856-363-1514.

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of delivery services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.