The Amy Foundation was created in 2007. Because breast cancer is most treatable when detected early, the foundation’s special mission is to save lives by providing support to its healthcare partners for uninsured and underinsured women to receive education and screening measures such as mammograms, diagnostic ultrasounds if breast cancer is suspected, and testing for women at high genetic risk for this disease. Its mission also includes working with its healthcare partners in determining how breast cancer early detection measures for underinsured and uninsured patients are best met.
To date, The Amy Foundation has raised nearly $600,000 and helped more than 3,000 uninsured and underinsured women receive early screenings. Procedures such as mammograms help 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 foundation’s partnerships with Saint Peter’s University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, and Princeton Healthcare System in Plainsboro, NJ.
In 2016, The Amy Foundation Board of Trustees approved another partnership with the 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.
The foundation also approved funding in 2016 to provide genetic testing for women who have no federal or commercial health insurance. Breast cancer can run in families because of mutated genes knows as BRCA1 and BRCA2. Such genes are passed from either the mother or the father. Unfortunately, genetic testing for BRCA is expensive. The Amy Foundation provides support for women at high risk who are unable to undergo BRCA testing because of financial hardship.
The Amy Foundation hosts two annual fundraising events – The Bike Ride for Amy and The Walk for Diane. In addition, funding is provided through the generous support of members of the community through gifts and grants from individuals, corporations, private foundations, organizations and associations who share our mission to save lives through early detection of breast cancer.