5th Annual Walk For Every Woman

Saturday October 14, 2017 at Barcroft Park!!

The 5th Annual 2017 Walk will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Barcroft Park in Northern Virginia. Alpha Breast Cancer Support Service (ABCSS) will continue to support the goals of the previous years – working with a US based non-profit to purchase a mammogram machine to send to Ethiopia and Eritrea and offer portion of the proceeds to provide financial support of patients currently going through treatment with services that are not covered by insurance such as groceries, bills, maid service, babysitter, etc.

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Past Walks

Walk 2013

The 2013 Walk was held on Saturday October 26, 2013 at Burke Lake Park in Northern Virginia. Alpha Breast Cancer Support Service (ABCSS) held their first 5K walk in spread Breast Cancer Awareness and fighting Breast Cancer. A community of 200+ came to support the fight! Our 2013 goals was to raise funds to donate to clinics in Ethiopia and Eritrea. ABCSS donated to Mathiwos Wondu-Ye Ethiopia Cancer Society and Ye Ethiopia Cancer Association in Ethiopia. ABCSS donated to Degesa Hospital in Eritrea. These clinics were selected as recipients because they were the most active cancer societies who were currently treating cancer patients.

Walk 2014

The 2014 Walk was held on Saturday October 25, 2014 at Bon Air Park in Northern Virginia. Alpha Breast Cancer Support Service (ABCSS) held their 2nd 5K walk in spread Breast Cancer Awareness and fighting Breast Cancer. A community of 200+ came to support the fight! Our 2014 goal was to raise funds towards the purchase of mammogram screening equipment for hospitals in both Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Walk 2015

The 2015 Walk was held on Saturday October 10, 2015 at Bluemont Park in Northern Virginia. Alpha Breast Cancer Support Service (ABCSS) held their 3rd 5K walk in spread Breast Cancer Awareness and fighting Breast Cancer. A community of 200+ came to support the fight! Our 2015 goal was to raise to financial support patients currently going through treatment with services that are not covered by insurance such as groceries, bills, maid service, babysitter, etc.

Walk 2016

The 2016 Walk was held on Saturday October 15, 2016 at Barcroft Park in Northern Virginia. Alpha Breast Cancer Support Service (ABCSS) held their 4th Race For Every Woman 5K walk with the goal of spreading breast cancer awareness in the community. A community of 250+ came to support the fight! Our 2016 goal was to continue to raise proceeds to purchase and deliver mammograms to hospitals in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Thank You Note!

THANK YOU to our 2014 Race for Every Woman 5K Run/Walk sponsors! In order to meet our mission and provide services to less privileged communities, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals, we wouldn't be able to serve those in our community and our goal of purchasing and delivering mammograms to hospitals in Ethiopia and Eritrea. We are truly grateful for your generosity, commitment, participation, and donations! We are Blessed to have a community of supporters like our sponsors.

Support Services

Thus far, ABCSS has managed to create the very first support group for Ethiopian and Eritrean cancer patients called Missaley here in the DMV. The support group meets on the last Saturday of every month at the ECDC in Arlington. In conjunction with your continued donations and support we aim to provide further financial assistance to the people that need it the most in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

ABCSS hosts a monthly meeting, the third Saturday of each month, for women to gather discuss their openly discuss their concerns, treatment, and courage to handle the fight against Breast Cancer. The support group consists of women currently going through treatment, survivors, and women who are there to support their community. The survivors play a key role in the meeting to uplift, advise, and stand as a living hope that Breast Cancer can be fought! We encourage all women to come and are welcome to bring family members who are their continuous support at home. We believe if we can educate and share words of hope in our meetings, then the family members can go home and continually encourage their loved ones who are going through treatment

To see a cancer patient walk into our support meeting very reserved and leave with a smile, a new contact, or notes is the reason why we hold our support meetings! It brings us joy to see women feel unity and that they are not the only ones going through treatment. It is a revitalizing to see a survivor mom give tips to cancer patient who is all a mom. These shared words of wisdom instill hope the hearts of cancer patients that they are not alone and they do not have to face their battle alone!

Proceeds from our 3rd Annual Race for Every Woman 5K Walk were designated to support Breast Cancer patients currently going through treatment in our community. ABCSS created a financial application for patients to fill out and submit a request for financial assistance. ABCSS analyzed the applications and took in considerations the applicant's household income, number of dependents, and stage of their cancer. ABCSS was able to provide financial assistance to two cancer patients. These women were so grateful to receive the assistance. The assistance relieved their financial burden so they can continue to focus on their path to recovery. These women will continue participating in our monthly support meetings and we hope to one day announce to the community of their full recovery!

Mammogram Funding

Alpha Breast Cancer Support Services (ABCSS) has recently partnered with RAD-AID International (https://www.rad-aid.org/about-us/) to be part of a growing global organization of advocates for medical technology in poor and developing countries. Our goal is to set up a mammogram screening program at Black Lion Hospital in Ethiopia and Orotto Hospital in Eritrea. ABCSS supports RAD-AID vision of sustainable global health radiology. RAD-AID believes in increasing access and availability to imaging resources--including support for women's health. Sadly, women in less fortunate countries die of breast cancer which could have been detected if a mammogram had been available. ABCSS is working with RAD-AID to solve the lack of resources by obtaining a mammogram to send to Black Lion hospital and Orotto hospital. Furthermore, we will work with RAD-AID and Dr. Richard N. Hirsh, President and Founder of Radiology Mammography International (RMI), to send experienced radiologists to these hospitals to train the radiologists on how to administer screenings and maintain the equipment. For more information about RMI visit http://www.radiologymammography.org/index.htm

Assessment:
The process begins with Black Lion and Orotto hospitals filling out the RAD-AID Radiology Assessment which is a systematic data collection tool for assessing how advanced health care imaging technology can be planned and implemented to best match the medical needs and infrastructure/personnel resources of a community. This approach of advanced assessment leads to effective planning and implementation so that RAD-AID programs have long-term sustainability and measurable outcomes. ABCSS will collaborate with RAD-AID to provide mammogram equipment and educational training for the hospital's radiologists.

Lion Hospital- Ethiopia:
Our contacts at Black Lion hospital are currently working on completing the RAD-AID Radiology assessment.

Orotto Hospital- Eritrea:
Our contacts at Orotto hospital are currently working on completing the RAD-AID Radiology assessment.

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F.A.Q

Q. What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is a disease when the breast cells grow uncontrollably. These cells usually form a tumor which can be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancerous) if the cells invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body. For more information, visit American Cancer Society.

Q. Who can get Breast Cancer?
Both men and women can get breast cancer, although it is commonly seen in women. In the U.S., breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer. (National Cancer Institute)

Q. Where can we get a mammogram screening? At what age should women get a screening?
A mammogram is an x-ray exam of the breast. Mammogram screening are covered by most insurance plans and are provided by your doctor. Screenings are usually provided for women over the age of 40. Women (or men) with higher risk of breast cancer may receive a screening earlier, consult your doctor. If you are uninsured, there are local centers that provided free or low-cost screenings. Please contact ABCSS (raceforeverywomen@gmail.com) for additional information about local centers that provide screenings.

Q. Conditions in ET?
Ethiopia is a landlocked East African nation with an estimated land area of 1.1 million square kilometers. It is the third most populous country in Africa with a population of 79 million—of whom 80 percent live in rural areas. Women and children comprise nearly three-quarters of the Ethiopian population. The average life expectancy for women is 53 years. Most Ethiopian women don't know about breast exams and frequently ignore lumps," said Dr. Mathewos Assefa, head of the oncology unit at Black Lion, who trained in South Africa and returned to his homeland to serve his fellow Ethiopians. "They often seek treatment at a late stage." Many Ethiopians with cancer rarely seek medical treatment early and of those who do, are referred to the cancer center in Addis Ababa.

Q. Conditions in ER?
Eritrea is a country located on the Horn of Africa on the eastern part of the African continent. Eritrea has a population of 4-6 million and is ethnically diverse. Like many African countries, cancer rates go underreported. Decades of war have depleted health care facilities and services during the second half of the 20th century. Subsequently, the Eritrean government has invested heavily in a primary health care infrastructure throughout the country, although specialized cancer treatment facilities remain limited. According to the sources, Breast Cancer constitutes the highest rate of cancer mortality for women in Eritrea, followed by cervical cancer. Studies have shown that the majority of Eritrean women who are present with Breast Cancer symptoms are under 50 years of age. Women do not tend to present until reaching the later stages of the disease, and there are no standard protocols for managing and treating Breast Cancer in Eritrea.

How much of the funding goes to mammogram purchase?
ABCSS is dedicated to providing mammogram machines to Ethiopia and Eritrea. We are currently working with RAD-AID to provide mammograms and personnel training to each country. Mammogram machines are very expensive, so we are working with other organization to help finance each machine. In addition, ABCSS provides financial support to local women affected by breast cancer.

Q. How were patients selected to receive financial assistance from ABCSS?
Thanks to the generous donation and fundraiser, ABCSS is able to provide financial support to local women affected by breast cancer. Our dedicated panel reviews each form submitted carefully to determine appropriate funding and cause. Please contact raceforeverywomen@gmail.com for additional information about financial support and application form.

Q. Do we support all women?
Yes, ABCSS supports all women affected by breast cancer.