Moffitt Cancer Center Receives a $25,000 Grant from the Avon Foundation for Women and Pfizer

October 27, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. –Moffitt Cancer Center received a $25,000 grant from the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program: Identify-Amplify-Unify. Moffitt plans on expanding its metastatic breast cancer support program with these funds. In 2014, Moffitt used an Avon grant to create a model support program for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients and family members, which includes:

  •          Local MBC support group
  •          Tele talks
  •          Lunch and Learns
  •          Legacy program
  •          Peer-to-peer support and mentoring
  •          Family support

While Moffitt will continue to serve women diagnosed with MBC, the $25,000 grant from Avon allows Moffitt to reach out to patients diagnosed at other stages for which treatment has not been successful and who are facing progressive disease. 

The grant also allows Moffitt to provide tele-health based support, increase patient identification strategies, and enhance programs that include support to caregivers while expanding Integrative Wellness programming to include chair massage, full massage and partnering with Moffitt’s yoga therapist with a focus on the needs of the stage IV metastatic breast cancer patient.

In addition, Moffitt plans to continue hosting an annual retreat funded through the Avon grant that includes intensive sessions focused on coping, problem resolution and integrated health. These retreats offer women an opportunity to connect, share, relax and minimize the isolation they may feel with their lives being dominated by cancer and cancer treatment.

In total, 22 nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $1 million in funding to support and educate metastatic breast cancer patients, their caregivers and their communities. 

The 22 grantee organizations will receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000, to:

  •          Address gaps in services for the metastatic breast cancer community, including medical, psychological, nutritional, complementary and integrative services, support, financial, and legal support.
  •          Distribute resources and services available to vulnerable populations, including through telemedicine.
  •          Share educational resources with the public focusing on metastatic disease, palliative care, treatment options, clinical trials, access to holistic medication, and complementary medicine.

The Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program was created in June 2014 to support advocacy, academic and other nonprofit organizations that provide information and services to help people with metastatic breast cancer navigate the medical and emotional challenges associated with their disease. To date, the partners have invested $2 million toward this goal. The first class of grantees announced last year helped more than 32,800 individuals through efforts including nutrition counseling, patient navigation, education and complementary care. Nearly 230 caregivers also benefit from grantee initiatives, and many more families and community members were supported by this work. In addition, some programs included online content, reaching more than 14 million people with information on metastatic breast cancer.

For more information about the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program, visit http://www.avon39.org/about/grants/metastatic-breast-cancer-grants-program/.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. 

About Pfizer Oncology
Pfizer Oncology is committed to the discovery, investigation and development of innovative treatment options to improve the outlook for cancer patients worldwide. Our strong pipeline of biologics and small molecules, one of the most robust in the industry, is studied with precise focus on identifying and translating the best scientific breakthroughs into clinical application for patients across a wide range of cancers. By working collaboratively with academic institutions, individual researchers, cooperative research groups, governments, and licensing partners, Pfizer Oncology strives to cure or control cancer with breakthrough medicines, to deliver the right drug for each patient at the right time. For more information, please visit www.Pfizer.com.

About the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

Since 1992, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has been working to improve breast cancer outcomes and reduce disparities in survival rates. The Crusade’s strategic grant making reflects: a holistic and place-based approach in high-need areas throughout the United States; a commitment to enabling access to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from vulnerable populations; and a commitment to investing in research on the prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of breast cancer. In the U.S., Avon Breast Cancer Crusade manages the Avon Foundation for Women’s breast cancer programs. The Avon Foundation for Women partners with affiliate Avon Foundations and Avon markets around the world for additional programming. In total, Avon and the Foundation have contributed more than $800 million to breast cancer programs around the world through 2015. To learn more, visit: www.avonfoundation.org.  

About Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women 
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2015, Avon and the 
Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violenceprogram. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global network of nearly six million Avon Representatives.

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