Our focus is to provide essential support services for female cancer patients and their families across the state of Maryland. Over the years we have provided housecleaning, grocery delivery, child and pet care, transportation to and from treatments, assistance with co-pays and the granting of "small wishes". We focus on taking care of the everyday matters of living when every day matters to families focused on helping a loved one fight cancer.
In recent years, the organization's success has allowed us to make sizeable contributions to some of Baltimore's most prestigious medical institutions and other local charities, including:
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Our original success allowed us to create a patient resource guide for all cancer patients at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The goal of the guide is to help patients and families live as healthy a life as possible after a cancer diagnosis. Patients are encouraged to use the handbook to organize all health care information received or needed during their treatment, including patient education materials, treatments, medications, pain management, test results and support resources.
In subsequent years, in addition to providing funding for essential support services such as transportation
to treatments, housecleaning, and groceries, we have used your donations to provide "comfort bags" for all of GBMC's female cancer patients while they are undergoing chemotherapy. Each bag contains a warm blanket, a water bottle to keep the patients hydrated, a journal for recording their appointments and thoughts during their treatment journey and a treats to try to bring a smile to their faces.
In 2018, we will continue our "comfort bag" program and our donation will also allow for acknowledgment of full-time caregivers with small "take a break" gift cards for use for cafeteria meals, coffee, etc.
In December 2017, we participated in the Casey Cares holiday season campaign challenging local businesses and organizations to combine donations to help the Casey Cares programs. We were able to provide uplifting and thoughtful programs and activities to more than 850 critically ill children and their families. Our support provided pajamas and group parties, tickets to sporting and entertainment events, movies, and adventure parks. As well as, provide special birthday surprises and weekend vacations for families who deserve some fun.
Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools
A donation of $3,671 was donated from the 4 on the 4th event held in 2017. The contribution is an investment in BCPS students and support systemic initiatives, scholarship opportunities and school-based projects.
The Wish Fund has provided many once in a lifetime opportunities for cancer patients, including box seats to an Oriole’s game for a Stage 4 patient. More recently, the navigator delivered a special crab cake dinner to a hospice patient when she said that he would love “one last crab cake.” While not our primary focus, the wish fund has been able to provide some small but invaluable gifts to patients during cancer treatment as well as the end of life.
Mercy Medical Center’s Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine
In 2008, Baltimore Women’s Classic generated $44,000 from race proceeds and other donations made to the foundation. Of that amount, $17,000 was given to Mercy Medical Center to continue our successful pilot program initiated in 2007. The institution uses our donations to carry on the support of patients and families as needed.
St. Joseph Medical Center
The BWC expanded its programs through a new partnership with St. Joseph Medical Center and donated funds to begin similar patient support efforts at the hospital.
Mercy Hospital and the Red Devils
In 2007, Baltimore Women's Classic 5K brought in more than $40,000 distributed to local charities.
The BWC kicked off a pilot program with Mercy Hospital and the Red Devils to support women undergoing ovarian cancer treatment. This program provides services to patients and their families such as transportation, meals and house care as they proceed through treatment at Mercy. The program began in October 2007 and ran through March 2008. Also in 2007, the Baltimore Women's Classic bestowed a $5,200 sponsorship to the Red Devils Heart & Stroll. The Red Devils is a Maryland-based charitable organization inspired by the courage, grace, and humor of two young women, Jessica Cowling and Ginny Schardt, who refused to be defined by their disease. The Red Devils fund services to improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families. This pledge amount is called "Devils' Details" and provided roundtrip transportation for 50 patients to and from their cancer treatments.
Sinai Hospital in Baltimore
The success of the 2005 Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k provided the Foundation with the means to provide a $20,000 grant to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. The $20,000 donation was used to create a new staff position, a Patient Navigator at The Lapidus Cancer Institute at Sinai. Because of the success of the program, the hospital was subsequently able to fund the position entirely, providing oncology patients and their caregivers with assistance through the continuum of care by assessing the patients' needs and linking them to community agencies that provide housing, appropriate oncology educational materials, and social services.
Johns Hopkins Ovarian Cancer Center of Excellence
In 2004, the success of the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K and Caribbean Night allowed the Foundation to make a significant donation to the Johns Hopkins Ovarian Cancer Center of Excellence. The donation was used to support the creation of the Virtual Survivor Network website. The purpose of the website is to provide support to patients by being able to access others who are undergoing the same tests and treatments. Hospital staff will also participate and monitor chat-room postings for additional support, and to stop any medical misinformation.
WHO WE HELP
Contributions Go To Local Cancer Centers