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Help Save Sisters United in Health

$3,624
36%
Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
54 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on June 11, at 11:59 PM EDT
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From Doctor to Patient

June 06, 2017

Olga is a 50-year old woman who immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador where she was a doctor. Angelica met Olga during an outreach event at a local supermarket. As a trained physician, her obstacle was not regarding literacy or communicating her needs. Her challenge was lack of medical insurance and access to health services. Olga felt something was wrong and knew she needed to be seen by a physician. Sisters provided referrals for free breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings.

Olga learned she had three large uterine fibroids and is scheduled for surgery this month to have them removed. She is very appreciative by the access to care and follow up Sisters provided. Once Olga recovers, she plans to serve as a bilingual volunteer to assist others in obtaining life-saving health screenings.

This is the last week of our fundraising campaign. Together, Sisters can continue to provide community outreach, health education and cancer screenings for underserved women. All of our services are free and confidential eliminating barriers to care and mortality. Donate Today.

Thank you to all of our donors!!!

June 01, 2017

Angelica, I wanted to thank you for the educational program we had at the Locust Valley Library; several people have asked me when you will return with a new talk. Everyone shared how warm you were and how much they learned the night of the workshop. I hope we’ll have another opportunity to partner on another program.

Paola Diaz Locust Valley Library

Last year, Sisters provided 70, one hour, culturally competent healthy behavior and breast health workshops (in English and Spanish) with medically-accurate information regarding nutrition, obesity, reducing alcohol, smoking cessation, breast cancer risk reduction and the importance of early detection through mammography screening.

In order to reach medically-underserved communities Sisters collaborates with local libraries, hospitals and community organizations. Over the course of a year, Sisters serves over 5,000 people on Long Island, encouraging them to become actively engaged in healthy behaviors, risk reduction and health screenings.

For over two decades, Sisters has been integral in providing underserved communities with medical information and access to care in order to decrease health disparities. We need your support to continue carrying out our mission. Please share our campaign with family and friends to help us reach our goal.

Photo Caption: Angelica Medina Sisters Bilingual Outreach Coordinator and Jeannie Rettura Sisters Bilingual Volunteer following a breast health workshop at Opening Word, a literacy program in Wyandanch, NY.

Tania's Journey

May 26, 2017

Tania is 74-years old and immigrated from a small town in Colombia over 10 years ago. She has no family in the U.S. and lives alone in Uniondale, NY. “I met Tania during an outreach event, she seemed very lost and worried,” Angelica recalls. “She was uninsured and had seen a private doctor but could barely make ends meet. She asked me if I knew anyone who could help her get insurance.” Angelica referred Tania for free screenings and walked her to a resource table where one of the Sisters partners provided her with information about health insurance.

When Tania went for her clinical breast exam, the clinician found she had extremely high blood pressure. Had she not gone for the screening, Tania’s condition could have resulted in heart failure or stroke. She was immediately transferred to the ER and received life saving treatment. However, Tania later received a bill for over $2,000 which she could not afford to pay. Angelica reached out to the hospital and was able to ensure Tania receive services on a sliding scale; she now has access to care for $5 per visit.  

Tania followed up with her mammogram which thankfully was negative. She now has a primary care provider and access to low-cost medical care which is allowing her to manage her pre-diabetes.

In addition to education and cancer screenings, Sisters provides referrals for resources and critical support services, including health insurance enrollment, health services on a sliding scale, other wellness screenings, ESL services, child care, and financial assistance.

Thank you for your support. Please share our campaign with family and friends so we can reach our goal.

Photo: Aimee Kaplan "Sisters" BSW intern and Angelica Medina "Sisters" Bilingual Outreach Coordinator at Eisenhower Park where they met Tania. 

 

Thank you!

May 19, 2017

"If it hadn't been for Angelica, I don't know what I would have done. You've been with me since the beginning and I don't know how to thank you," Maria said.

Maria immigrated from El Salvador over 12 years ago.  She does not speak English and is uninsured but works really hard at a local factory.  Angelica met Maria at an outreach event in Brentwood, NY. At 56-years old, Maria had never had a mammogram; naturally, Angelica convinced Maria to get her screenings and she did.

As Angelica stayed in touch with Maria, she learned Maria needed follow up appointments with a breast surgeon and a social worker.  Maria did not understand the seriousness of her situation but Angelica did and continued to hold her hand throughout the journey.

Four days before Christmas, Maria heard the words no one should ever hear, “you have breast cancer.” In January, she had a mastectomy and has started the process of reconstruction. Today, Maria is back at work and is awaiting her final surgery.  

Early detection saves lives. Thank you for your support of Sisters United in Health. Please share our campaign with family and friends so we can reach our goal.

Thank you to our latest donors!

May 10, 2017

Thank you to our latest donors! Your gift provides health education, patient navigation and referrals for cancer screenings to underserved women in New York.

Last week, we collaborated with Legislator Siela Bynoe and Fidelis Care to bring the Nassau University Medical Center Mammography Van to Hempstead, NY.

Eight women received free life saving cancer screenings.

During this outreach, we met Teresa who was extremely nervous about her first mammogram. Our bilingual social worker was able to calm her fears before going in for her exam.

When the patient completed her mammogram Sisters provided her with a $25 gift card as an incentive for having completed the screening for which she was very grateful.

Due to your contribution, Sisters United in Health is able to provide free health programs to the community. Please go one step further to support us and share our campaign with family and friends to reach our goal.

Photo: Angelica Medina "Sisters" Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Angela M. Papalia Bilingual Social Worker for the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program and Janet Whyte BSW Student Intern, met with Legislator Siela A Bynoe and Hempstead Mayor Don Ryan at the Breast Cancer Screening Event.

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Sisters Fan

Covers outreach at community health fairs

$25

Sisters Ally

Provides an incentive card for an underserved woman after completing a mammogram

$50

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A health education workshop will be provided in the community

$100

Sisters Advocate

You can help provide patient navigation to ensure women complete breast cancer screenings

$250

Sisters Sponsor

Supplies patient navigation for a woman diagnosed with breast cancer

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