About the Amy Foundation
Early detection is the best weapon against breast cancer
Created in 2007, the mission of The Amy Foundation is to provide educational opportunities for underserved women to understand the need for early detection of breast cancer; to increase early detection procedures for breast cancer among women in central NJ who are without the financial means to obtain mammograms, diagnostic ultrasounds, genetic testing, and biopsies to confirm a breast cancer diagnosis; and to work with professionals in the field to determine means to help uninsured and underinsured women in detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages.
To date, The Amy Foundation has raised approximately $600,000 and has helped more than 3,000 unserved women receive screening mammograms and follow-up services when screenings have suggested the possibility of breast cancer. Early detection helps doctors “see” breast cancer before a lump can be felt, when the cure rates are nearly 100%.
Vital life-saving procedures are made possible to women throughout central New Jersey through The Amy Foundation partnerships and programs that began with Saint Peter’s University Hospital and later expanded to include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and, most recently, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (RCINJ), a nationally renowned research facility in central New Jersey that is dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and care of patients with cancer.
In 2016, the foundation’s Board of Trustees extended its mission focus to include genetic testing of breast cancer as an early detection measure for uninsured and underinsured women. Breast cancer can run in families due to mutated genes known as BRCA1 and BRCA2 that have been passed down from either the mother or the father. Unfortunately, BRCA testing is expensive. The Amy Foundation provides support for women at high genetic risk for breast cancer but have no federal or commercial health insurance available to them and are unable to undergo BRCA testing due to financial hardship.
The foundation’s partners identify women in need of early detection measures but cannot afford them; The Amy Foundation provides support made possible through the generosity of community members who understand the need to detect this disease early, when it is most treatable.
The Amy Foundation hosts two annual events – The Bike Ride for Amy and The Walk for Diane — to raise support, and gifts and grants have been received from generous individuals, corporations, private foundations, organizations, and associations throughout the area who share our mission to assist a growing number of women in need of such procedures.
Our Annual Events
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