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 FOR 2018-2019
MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY VANS – $250,000
New York City, Western New York
For 2018-2019, JALBCA awarded grants totaling $250,000 to subsidize the cost of 60 vans in the NYC metropolitan area and Western New York. JALBCA sponsors free mammography vans, provided by Project Renewal’s ScanVan Project in the NYC metropolitan area and by the ECMC Foundation’s Early Detection & Education through Mobile Mammography Screening project in Western New York.
So far in 2018, 776 women were screened. Of these, 419 were uninsured and would not otherwise have had access to preventive care of this sort. 76 women were recommended for immediate medical follow-up appointments and 6 were diagnosed with breast cancer.
THE CENTER FOR ELDER LAW & JUSTICE FOR THE MEDLAW PARTNERSHIP OF WESTERN NEW YORK – $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 JUDGE JUDITH KAYE PROJECT AT THE FAMILY CENTER — $100,000
Brooklyn, New York
The Judge Judith 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 Judge Judith 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 provide legal assistance to moderate- and low-income breast cancer patients and survivors in New York City.
PROJECT LEAD® – $50,000
For 2018-2019, JALBCA awarded a grant of $50,000 to the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund for the Cynthia Rubin Scholarship at Project LEAD®. The Cynthia Rubin Scholarship honors the memory of Cynthia Rubin, who was a leader of JALBCA and a passionate advocate for all those affected by breast cancer.
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.