Promoting Early Detection and Breast Cancer Awareness
The Joy to Life Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2001. Our mission is to provide free mammograms and other breast cancer screenings when necessary to medically underserved women in Alabama, provide limited grants when needed, build and support breast cancer awareness among all Alabamians, and promote over-all health, well-being, and education throughout the state.
There are thousands of women in the medically underserved community who need mammograms. Tragically, women die each year because they do not have the resources for early detection and cannot afford the necessary screening that they deserve. It was for this reason that the Joy to Life Foundation was created in 2001 by Joy Blondheim (a breast cancer survivor) and her husband, Dickie. The years since have been dedicated to those who are fighting to win the battle against breast cancer. “If we can reach these women early enough, lives can be saved,” states Joy.
To expand our reach, Joy to Life has partnered with the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to provide mammograms statewide. Dr. Don Williamson, Alabama’s State Medical Officer, applauded the Foundation’s long-standing involvement by stating that as of February 2014 “the funds the Joy to Life Foundation has donated to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s (ADPH) Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ABCCEDP) for free mammograms for underserved women in Alabama has resulted in 9,942 mammograms provided and 70 breast cancers being diagnosed.” These numbers are increasing daily.
While our partnership with ADPH is helping so many women throughout Alabama, we know there are those who do not meet the criteria for assistance through ADPH and, in recent years, we have witnessed an increase in younger women and men dealing with breast cancer. “We are working to make breast cancer screenings and mammograms available to everyone who has a desperate need and cannot afford it,” says Joy. “We are thankful that ADPH is providing for the 40 – 49 age group and we are working with doctors, hospitals and organizations throughout Alabama to provide funding for screenings for those under forty. Helping to increase the number of breast cancer survivors each year is very important to us.”
In the most recent report covering years 2008 – 2015 from the State of Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program the Joy to Life Foundation either directly or indirectly has helped provide 80,000 mammograms in the State of Alabama. These numbers do not include the many additional screenings Joy to Life has provided. 1,115 women and men were diagnosed with breast Cancer and received treatment. The numbers increase daily. The fight continues on! This year, we need your help more than ever!
We are grateful to have a variety of different avenues to raise breast cancer awareness and to provide funding for mammograms and screenings. These include our PINK Fight Breast Cancer car tag, our annual Walk of Life event, the TO LIFE online store which carries breast cancer themed merchandise, and a publishing arm which produces the healthy lifestyle magazine LEAN.
Won’t you help us continue to make a difference in the lives of countless Alabamians? Simply click the Donate Now tab to make a life-saving tax-deductible contribution.