Women Caring for Women
Community generosity through The Women's Committee is the single largest source of support for the Phillips Cancer Center every year. It makes possible programs and services that have helped thousands of women and families on their cancer journeys.
30 Years of Impact $6 million and counting
The Women’s Committee of Martha Jefferson Hospital raises more than $170,000 annually to advance the health and wellbeing of women in our community. From free breast health screening days serving 200 women annually to wigs, scarves and educational resources to help women on the cancer journey, TWC-funded hospital programs are a lifeline for women and families during some of the toughest moments of their lives.
Free Breast Health Screening Days
Given rising cancer rates, experts now recommend that women over 40 receive regular mammograms. Funding through In The Pink, Martha's Market and other TWC events enables more than 600 community members annually to access the hospital's FREE cancer screenings and prevention programs for women at high risk of developing breast cancer.
Black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women
Cancer Resource Center
At a time when many cancer patients worry about their ability to afford treatment, TWC support makes possible a wide range of free Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital support services for women in our community. Marianne's Room is funded by the TWC, and provides FREE wigs, scarves, and support to women on their cancer journey. TWC generosity is enabling the hospital's Cancer Resource Center to expand its reach, providing FREE nutrition and exercise consultations, counseling, massage therapy and art therapy.
From an annual fly-fishing retreat for women cancer survivors (pictured) to a 12-week survivorship program that helps patients navigate the fears that arise after treatment, the services made possible through TWC support are a lifeline for patients feeling uncertain about the future. These offerings help to manage fears about the cancer recurring, as well as common physical, emotional, and fertility challenges.