FUNd For The Girls

fund for the girls

fund for the girls supports women in need by raising money to provide breast services through Baptist. Powered by FUN, we lift women above financial anxiety to stay healthy and enjoy all the fun moments of life.

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What is fund for the girls?
How much fund is needed?
How we are different
  • What is fund for the girls?

    fund for the girls supports women in need by raising money to provide breast services through Baptist. Powered by FUN, we lift women above financial anxiety to stay healthy and enjoy all the fun moments of life.

    How the fund works

    All services available in fund for the girls are offered through Baptist.

    Low cost services available to everyone

    Our At Cost Screening Mammogram program is available to anyone who meets American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology guidelines.

    Services provided free of charge with physician referral

    Payment for all breast services, including everything from breast MRI to biopsy and more, are initiated through request from physicians on staff at Baptist Health Systems. This built-in accountability ensures two important goals of fund for the girls:

    • Women (and men) can obtain necessary medical care without financial stress and concern. Working with a woman’s physician means that services provided are driven by what the physician and patient determine is needed as opposed to a predefined set of services.

    • Funds are directed to the people with the greatest financial need. Physicians’ offices can determine a person’s ability to pay, while preserving their privacy and dignity. If you don’t have a doctor, we can help you find one.

    We keep things fun

    One thing we know is that when women get together to have fun, good things can happen. There’s a lot of power in just having fun. So while breast cancer is no laughing matter, we are using the power of women’s laughter and energy to raise money for women who need help getting breast care.

    We are seriously determined to have fun while raising money for a serious cause. That means that whatever we do to raise money for fund for the girls, we’re going to have FUN together.

    So while we’re raising money, lifting spirits and supporting women in need, it could be the most fun you’ve ever had doing something really great.

    fund for the girls: visible support was never so much fun®

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  • How much fund is needed?

    Being a woman is fun. Having breast cancer is not. Especially if you don’t have the means to get treatment.

    Imagine—you have a lump in your breast, but you don’t have insurance. And because you don’t have insurance, you’ve never had a mammogram. And because you’ve never had a mammogram, that lump—if it’s cancerous—is more likely to be at a more advanced stage.

    That’s a scenario that’s played out all too often, especially in Mississippi.

    Consider these facts:

    • As in all 50 states, breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in Mississippi. 1
    • Although Mississippi's incidence is lower than the U.S. incidence, the Mississippi death rate is higher. 2

    These statistics raise the question: why? If we have fewer cases of breast cancer in Mississippi than the national average, why are our death rates from breast cancer higher than the national average?

    Facts suggest several reasons, all of which impact Mississippi. Here’s what we know:

    • Early detection of breast cancer saves lives.
      The five-year survival rate for localized diseased is 99%; 84% for regional disease and 23% for distant-stage disease. 3
    • The best, most reliable way to detect breast cancer at an early stage is mammography.4
      48% of women aged 40 to 64 in Mississippi have not had a screening mammogram within the past year (over 200,000 women). 3, 8
    • Lower education levels correlate to lower mammography usage.5
      Mississippi's high school graduation rate in 2009 was 62%.6
    • Lower income is associated with lower mammography usage.7
      21% of households in Mississippi are below the poverty level.8
    • Uninsured women report decreased mammography utilization.8
      26.4% of women aged 40 to 64 in Mississippi report having no healthcare insurance (over 100,000 women). 3, 8

    Simply put, Mississippi women need help to get life-saving mammograms.

    That’s where fund for the girls comes in…and that’s how you can have the most FUN you’ve ever had doing something great.

    Sources:

    1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Cancer and Women” http://www.cdc.gov/Features/WomenandCancer/ accessed June 12, 2012
    2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Program of Cancer Registries, United States Cancer Statistics, State vs National Comparisons http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/uscs/statevsnational.aspx accessed June 12, 2012
    3. American Cancer Society: Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012 http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-030975.pdf accessed June 12, 2012
    4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Cancer and Women” http://www.cdc.gov/Features/WomenandCancer/ accessed June 12, 2012
    5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Breast Cancer Screening Rates,” http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/screening.htm accessed June 12, 2012
    6. Editorial Projects in Education Research Center: Graduation Rate Map Tool http://www.edweek.org/apps/gmap/ accessed: June 12, 2012
    7. American Association for Cancer Research: “Counseling Increased Mammography Use Among Low-income Women with Health Insurance” http://www.aacr.org/home/public--media/aacr-press-releases.aspx?d=1946 accessed June 12, 2012
    8. U. S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/28000.html accessed June 12, 2012
    9. Amercian Cancer Society "Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2011-12” http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/Abstract/2008/07000/Disparities_in_Mammography_Use_Among_US_Women_Aged.8.aspx abstract accessed: June 12, 2012
    10. U. S. Census Bureau: Health Insurance Coverage Status by State for All People: 2010 http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/cpstables/032011/health/toc.htm accessed June 12, 2012
  • Our kind of fund: how we are different

    fund for the girls helps women who need breast health services in a number of unique ways:

    • We put up our own money first. Our discounted screening mammogram program, which is available to anyone, is made possible because of our commitment to provide this service at cost. Period. This widens the reach of the single-most important measure in stamping out deaths due to breast cancer.
    • We work with each woman’s personal physician to provide funds for the services she needs. Our funds are dispersed not as grants, but as payment for medically necessary services. Because the funding is clinically driven, it is not limited to a defined set of services. This flexibility ensures that women have access to financial assistance for a comprehensive range of screening, diagnostic, treatment and supportive services, such as wigs, transportation, and others.
    • It’s a simple process. A woman’s personal physician initiates request for funding. No red tape. No complicated paperwork. And because the process works through a woman’s personal physician, her privacy and dignity are protected.
    • We focus on early intervention and treatment. We are deeply grateful for organizations that are looking to the future and funding research. We choose to focus on what we can do right now to impact the lives of women in Mississippi.
    • Breast services are provided through Baptist’s nationally accredited breast program, with a certified Breast Navigator to assist breast patients throughout the entire experience.