The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation funds numerous programs in the community, including educational programs, support groups, exercise classes and similar programs. We partner with other organizations that are committed to helping people with breast cancer, such as Rhode Island Pink Heals, Shape Up RI, Rhode Island Blood Center and Girl Scouts of RI.
We believe that education is a vital component in the fight against breast cancer, and that a person is never too young to learn about breast health. We raise breast cancer awareness and provide breast health education to secondary students through our Pink Spirit program. We also participate in numerous health fairs and health and wellness events throughout the state. These endeavors enable us to furnish education and resources to the general public. Not to mention, we hold the largest breast cancer awareness event in the Northeast, every October. Our Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™ is a three-day event that offers education, awareness, food, music, and activities for the entire family.
The Foundation helps fund several programs, including the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Women’s Cancer Screening program to help uninsured and underinsured women receive free mammography screenings. In addition, we are helping area hospitals with the cost of an oncology rehabilitation training program.
Support groups are another important element in helping people living with breast cancer. No one understands what you’re going through more than someone who has been there. The Foundation funds programs through Miriam Hospital, South County Hospital, Sturdy Memorial Hospital and more. Miriam and South County Hospitals have monthly support groups for breast cancer patients and survivors, while Sturdy Memorial Hospital offers support through a dance movement class, entitled “Healthy Steps”. We understand that breast cancer affects the entire family, and we strive to work with all hospitals and medical facilities, in the greater Rhode Island area, to develop programs for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones.
Feeling strong physically is just as important as feeling strong emotionally. That’s why the Foundation funds exercise and yoga classes in our community. Studies have shown that exercising, especially while going through treatment, can be beneficial in reducing the pain, stress and anxiety that are common during cancer treatments. And, coming soon—we will be offering a “Pink Yoga Pass” to breast cancer survivors of greater Rhode Island that will enable them to participate in yoga at studios near their homes.
For times and dates of education programs, support groups and exercise classes being offered, please see our Monthly Programs Calendar or call 401-861-HERO (4376). The support groups and exercise classes are free to people living with breast cancer.