ACCESS receives grant from American Cancer Society, NFL to battle breast cancer

Photo by Zeinab Najm Detroit Lions artifacts are part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum which runs  through Jan. 4, 2015. The  6,000-square-foot exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the hall of fame, and includes a wide range of artifacts from the beginning of professional football to the most recent history from many of the legends and superstars. The pubic can watch videos, try a helmet with real coach-to-player radio communication and even see the Vince Lombardi trophy which is awarded to every Super Bowl winner.

Photo by Zeinab Najm
Detroit Lions artifacts are part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum which runs through Jan. 4, 2015. The 6,000-square-foot exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the hall of fame, and includes a wide range of artifacts from the beginning of professional football to the most recent history from many of the legends and superstars. The pubic can watch videos, try a helmet with real coach-to-player radio communication and even see the Vince Lombardi trophy which is awarded to every Super Bowl winner.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The American Cancer Society through the National Football League’s “A Crucial Catch Initiative” awarded grants to communities who are improving breast cancer screening and education resources.

ACCESS was one of the 31 cities within 100 miles of an NFL team chosen for the grant determined by breast cancer screening and mortality rates. The ACS gave a $50,000 Community Health Advocates implementing National Grants for Empowerment grant.

“We are proud to partner with an organization that is assisting us in saving hundreds of lives every year through education and screening,” said Hiam Hamade, cancer program manager of ACCESS’s Community Health & Research Center, in a press release. “ACCESS is increasing the utilization of prevention and screening services by bridging the gap between cultural needs and norms, and local area health services.”

The grant will increase training and institution of evidence-based practices in a clinical environment. Also, screening and educating women on breast cancer will be the focus of the money.

ACCESS and ACS will go to local low-income households with women who have never before been screened for breast cancer. The goal is to reach and screen more than 300 women for breast cancer.

Grant money also will go to “A Crucial Catch Day — Your Day to Fight Breast Cancer” will take place on at the ACCESS Community Health & Research Center of Macomb County, 4301 E. 14 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Women of all ages are encouraged to attend and to learn how to prevent and detect breast cancer early.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25.

Since 2011, CHANGE has awarded 300 grants within underserved communities across the county; educating more than 607,000 individuals about cancer risk and prevention, and providing over 140,000 cancer screenings.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)