As we began this new decade, we look back at the amazing results Pink Ribbon Society has achieved in the last 19 years. We are honored to have been able to help so many men and women in our community.
Through the generosity of our community, we continue to support the men and women in Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton Counties in Northwest Indiana whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.
Since our inception, Pink Ribbon has disbursed over $ 600,000 to help support individuals and other organizations in our community who share our passion to help those who need our assistance.
Analysis of the breast cancer rates shows that a new woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes in the US. We want to do our share to decrease this number. To do so, we first and foremost focus in relating the importance of early detection. Early detection increases the probability of surviving this dreaded disease. When breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99-100%.
To date, Pink Ribbon has underwritten nearly $ 120,000 for screening and diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds to ensure early detection of breast cancer, most specifically to the uninsured, underinsured or for those who simply don’t have the means with which to pay for these lifesaving tests.
Of course, overall survival rates vary by breast cancer stage. Overall survival rates are averages and vary depending on a person’s diagnosis and treatment.
Beyond early detection, several of our programs support individuals who have received the diagnosed of breast cancer. Additional programs include our Wig Reimbursement Program, Bundles of Hope, Pink Compression Sleeve Program, Pink Pockets and our Patient Assistance Program.
According to today’s statistics, breast cancer alone accounts for 30% of female cancers. The odds have not changed for the possibility of being diagnosed with breast cancer…Still 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. On the flip side of this, there are 3,000,000 million women living with breast cancer in the US, most of whom are already in or seeking treatment.
Pink Ribbon will continue to support the community in whatever way we can that will help increase the probability of early detection and/or support those individuals whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. We look forward to continuing to work with our community and supporters.
Sincerely, Ann M. Peters, Founder
Pink Ribbon Society