Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA) provides grants to support legal and social services to cancer victims and their families, particularly those who could not otherwise afford them, as well as education and training efforts and early detection initiatives. Grant funds are raised by our Lawyers’ Division at our annual dinner and through donations and membership dues.
FUNDS AWARDED IN 2017
SCAN VANS/PROJECT RENEWAL – $144,000
New York, New York
In 2017 JALBCA sponsored free mammography vans, provided by Project Renewal, in the NYC metropolitan area. So far in 2017, 1184 women were screened and of these, more than 599 were uninsured and would not otherwise have had access to preventive care of this sort. 123 women were recommended for essential medical follow-up appointments and 4 were diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2017 JALBCA raised enough funds to subsidize the cost of 35 vans.
THE CENTER FOR ELDER LAW & JUSTICE – $100,000
Buffalo, New York
The Center For Elder Law & Justice (CELJ) has a medical-legal partnership at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York. The CELJ has a dedicated full-time attorney who works in collaboration with ECMC oncology staff, with a focus on serving the needs of the Breast Oncology Unit of the Center for Oncology Care. Additionally, the CELJ has a network of volunteer attorneys, provides community education, and conducts systems-level advocacy in order to address the legal and societal needs of breast cancer patients in eight Western New York counties. Legal issues involving housing, health insurance, employment rights, access to benefits, estate planning and consumer debt, among others, become sources of stress for breast cancer patients and can even be a barrier to receiving medical treatment. The CLEJ seeks to enhance the lives of breast cancer patients and survivors by addressing these needs within the walls of the hospital.
THE FAMILY CENTER’S MAITE AQUINO PROGRAM — $100,000
Brooklyn, New York
The Family Center’s Maite Aquino Program helps low-income mothers who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and their young children and families, cope with the legal issues that can follow diagnosis.
THE JUDITH S. KAYE PROJECT AT THE FAMILY CENTER — $100,000
Brooklyn, New York
The Judith S. Kaye Project at The Family Center sustainably strengthens vulnerable New York City families impacted by breast cancer. Named in honor of Judge Kaye and her service to New York’s children and families, The Family Center’s Judith S. Kaye Project provides integrated legal, social and healthcare coordination services to low-income, minority mothers, who are confronting a breast cancer diagnosis, as they raise their children.
CITY BAR JUSTICE CENTER/CANCER ADVOCACY PROJECT – $66,000
New York, New York
JALBCA supports the City Bar Justice Center’s Cancer Advocacy Project (CAP) in its mission to assist moderate- and low-income breast cancer patients and survivors in New York City.
PROJECT LEAD® – $50,000
The National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund’s science training program, Project LEAD®, provides breast cancer advocates with the education and training they need in order to understand complex medical information and to play a leadership role in research and health care.
YOUNG SURVIVAL COALITION® – $50,000
Young Survival Coalition® (YSC) is the largest national organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC works with survivors, caregivers and the medical, research, and advocacy communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer ages 40 and under. Legal education and tools are important resources to offer all young women affected by breast cancer. Young breast cancer survivors must often navigate legal issues around employment, patient rights, health insurance, finances, advanced planning, and more. YSC is excited to partner with JALBCA on a three-part web series designed to educate young breast cancer survivors on legal issues that can accompany a breast cancer diagnosis. Each part of the web series will be implemented via a live-streamed Facebook event and recorded, stored, and made accessible through YSC’s website, social media channels, and YouTube.
For the full list of firms that sponsored our 2018 Awards Presentation Dinner, click here. We have other donors (including individuals who contribute at the Dinner and those who donate through the website or in response to solicitations during the year) who are not listed on the Donors page.