Hospitals receive grants for cancer patient services


Both Piedmont Fayette and Piedmont Newnan hospitals have been awarded grants totaling more than $67,000 from “It’s The Journey,” producers of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

It’s The Journey annually provides grants to Georgia programs that focus on breast cancer screening, early detection, genetic counseling, and wellness. Piedmont received more grants than any other organization in Georgia.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital received a $35,000 grant to support a breast health nurse navigator who will guide and support the hospital’s breast cancer patients from the point of diagnosis throughout the course of their treatment. The navigator ensures that patients receive timely and appropriate care to help improve their outcomes and their chance for survival.

Piedmont Newnan Hospital received a grant for $32,753, which will be used to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms for those who would not otherwise be able to afford those services. Patients who present with an abnormal mammogram will be eligible for a breast ultrasound and, if necessary, a biopsy to determine the presence of cancer.

“We are thankful to It’s The Journey for helping us continue on our mission to promote prevention and education while providing greater care for breast cancer patients in Georgia,” said John Goodman, executive director of oncology services for Piedmont Healthcare. “The programs funded by It’s The Journey help us identify women who are at-risk for breast cancer and provide greater support to those who have already begun their fight. It is our hope that these programs bring us one step closer to reducing the impact of breast cancer in our communities.”

The Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer is an annual walk that raises funds for breast health and breast cancer programs in Georgia. Twenty-eight organizations across the state were awarded grants as a result of funds raised during the 2014 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, which was attended by over 1,000 walkers.

“This year, we will reach nearly 90 counties and fund screening, diagnosis, genetic testing, and supportive services for 16,000 Georgians” said Kimberly Goff, executive director of It’s The Journey. “We are proud that our grants remain focused on local needs and impact the lives of Georgians, from basic clinical exams and breast health education to genetic testing and services helping patients navigate their breast cancer diagnosis.”

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For a complete listing of grant recipients and descriptions of their programs, visit