Twelve Years of Making a Difference
Every four hours, someone in Dallas-Fort Worth is diagnosed with breast cancer. Baylor Health Care System treats breast cancer more than any other type of cancer. That is why Celebrating Women was started in 2000 to fight against this disease.
Celebrating Women donors have raised more than $18 million for education, technology and health care to fight breast cancer.
In the past 12 years, gifts to Celebrating Women have had an impact in four areas:
Capital & Technology
- Advanced digital technology for breast cancer screening, diagnosis and interventional procedures including digital mammography, Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) and MRI breast biopsy.
- Created a Celebrating Women Education Fund. We are making investments today to secure the future health of our daughters and granddaughters by training medical leaders with the ability to treat, or maybe even cure breast cancer.
- Increased access to breast cancer services through the Gift of Life Fund, raising nearly $1 million for services to women throughout the region who could not afford to pay.
- Funded a patient navigation program to assist breast cancer patients with their emotional and educational needs as well as with coordinating their care throughout their journey. Since 2008, this program has provided breast cancer patients with more than 3,000 services.
- Funded innovative work to find a cure. Baylor is currently involved in several research studies to determine better ways to diagnose and treat breast cancer, including a gene sequencing trial that could result in more personalized therapies and treatment options for patients.
- Created a Celebrating Women Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research.