GABCC $10,000 gift to help low-income women fighting breast cancer

From left GABACC‘s executive Jennie Palmer and Sheryl Cherico, president, and  DeKalb Medical Foundation’s executive director Elisabeth Nark; and Catherine Landerman, manager, Imaging Diagnostics, Breast Center.

DeKalb Medical Foundation will be able to help more low-income women with much-needed breast care because of -a $10,000 gift from The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition (GABCC).

The education and advocacy non-profit, founded in 1994 by breast cancer survivors,  pledged the gift  to the foundation recently. GABCC brings together individuals and organizations from the state with a commitment to ending breast cancer.

Sheryl Cherico, GABCC president and a breast cancer survivor who underwent treatment at DeKalb Medical,  said she was grateful for the “excellent care” she received. 

She said GABCC is shifting its mission to include patient assistance including transportation, bills and groceries  which will help women undergoing breast cancer treatment.

In the past, she said the group was focused primarily on advocacy and education. 

“Because we were formed in 1994 before the internet, education was an extremely important part of what we did,” Cherico said. “Fast forward to 2018 and patients can research their own information online.  Because of this, we changed our mission to patient assistance.”

Cherico said they are hoping to raise “enormous amounts” to donate to Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital (formerly DeKalb Medical) through donations and events like their signature Pink Cork event held annually October and features live entertainment, wine and a silent auction.

Both hospitals offer comprehensive breast care through a patient-centered approach to rapid diagnosis and treatment of breast problems.  

Emory Decatur and Emory Hillandale Hospitals’ breast care specialists help women understand the importance of regular screenings. When screenings detect something unusual, they prompt follow-up and action. Women are also encouraged to be active in preventing and recognizing breast health issues.

For more information, contact Elisabeth Nark at  elisabeth.nark@dekalbmedical.org or 404-501-1344.