CancerCare® Receives $35,000 Grant from The Horizon Foundation For New Jersey

Funds will bring professional cancer prevention services to local underserved populations

NEW YORK, NY (MAY 20, 2014) – CancerCare, the leading national nonprofit organization providing free support services to anyone affected by cancer, has received a $35,000 grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. The grant will fund CancerCare’s project, Early Detection and Education Program for Underserved Individuals in Newark.

The project aims to bring professional services to the local community and raise awareness on the importance of screening for breast, cervical, colon and prostate cancers. Free educational workshops, led by Spanish-speaking social workers, will be provided throughout Newark and the surrounding Essex County areas.

On-site cancer screenings will be available at select sites. Participants will also have direct access to CancerCare’s professional support services, including financial assistance and counseling.

“The need for expert, no cost cancer prevention and early detection services is growing. Through this generous grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, CancerCare will be able to effectively reach even more underserved populations,” said CancerCare CEO Patricia J. Goldsmith. “A growing body of evidence demonstrates that a lack of knowledge about cancer risk factors can hinder early diagnosis. Early diagnosis leads to the best possible outcomes at the lowest cost. This project will allow our organization to bring critical information and services to hundreds of individuals in the community that might otherwise face a diagnosis without much needed support services.”

CancerCare’s continued partnership with The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey will address language, cultural and psychological barriers that traditionally prevent underserved individuals from obtaining regular cancer screenings.

“We are delighted to support CancerCare,” said Jonathan R. Pearson, Executive Director of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. “The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is dedicated to supporting charitable organizations making an impact in the lives of people across New Jersey.”

About The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey promotes health, well-being, and quality of life across our state by supporting charitable organizations. For more information about the Foundation visit www.HorizonBlue.com/foundation.

About CancerCare®

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by professional oncology social workers and world-leading expert clinicians. To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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