Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation

Our mission is to provide assistance for life-saving diagnostic testing, patient advocacy, prevention education and compassionate support to local individuals facing or fighting breast cancer.

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Address: 1851 Heritage Lane, Suite 299
Sacramento, CA 95815
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Carrie Yoshida
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-927-1592
Fax: 916-927-1508
Albie Aware, Inc. (also known as the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation ) is a local 501(c)3 non-profit founded 15 years ago. Doug Carson created the organization in memory of his late wife, Alberta "Albie" Carson, who lost her battle with breast cancer on July 4, 2002.

After being treated for breast cancer in 2001, Albie followed up with her doctor every six months for evaluation. However, just three weeks after receiving a clean bill of health, Albie saw a doctor for seemingly unrelated symptoms and received the news that her cancer had spread to her brain. Tragically, Albie died six weeks after being told she was in remission. Despite her vigilance, she was not referred for additional screening-- such as a PET (Positive Emission Tomography) scan, which could have detected the cancer and provided Albie's medical team important information to treat the returning cancer and provided Albie a chance to fight and experience more time with her family.
Inspired by Albie, the mission of Albie Aware is to provide immediate assistance for life-saving diagnostic testing, patient advocacy, prevention education and compassionate support to local individuals fighting breast cancer. Our team educates persons about cancer prevention methods and encourages self-examination and annual mammograms beginning at age 40 (or earlier if you have a strong family history). We help patients to navigate the complex healthcare system and provide information about available screenings and diagnostic tests. Albie Aware also provides co-pay assistance for patients with high deductibles, and will pay for screenings and diagnostic testing on behalf of clients who are uninsured, under-insured or otherwise cannot afford the testing.
The five most pressing needs: Funds to pay for testing for the underserved and under-insured in our 9 county area. (Mammograms, Biopsies, MRIs, PET Scans and Ultrasounds) and Funds to assist with co-pay assistance and client advocacy. Volunteers to be trained to conduct Breast Health Classes and community liaison training. Volunteers to assist with fundraising activities. Gifts to be donated for raffle and silent auction. Companies to sponsor events and programs. Our top needs: 1. Funding: Unrestricted - Funding to pay for testing (mammogrrams, biospies, MRIs, Ultrasounds, PET Scans) 2. Funding: Program - Funding to pay for co-pay assistance and client advocacy 3. Volunteers - Volunteers to be trained to conduct breast health classes 4. Space: Office or Other - Additional office space for growing staff 5. In-Kind Donations - Donations of computers, office furniture
A diagnosis of breast cancer can be very frightening for a patient, but what is often more frightening than the disease is the challenge of obtaining the diagnostic testing required to render a proper evaluation of the patient. Many women and men also face financial challenges and access to these diagnostic tools may not be possible. Albie Aware recognizes the disparities that exist within healthcare and the importance of a complete diagnostic evaluation. In addition, we partner with others to provide education on breast cancer symptoms and impacts to assist patients as they navigate their diagnosis and treatment.

In 2018, we served close to 400 people, providing services that include screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, MRIs, PET scans, co-pay assistance as well as advocacy to ensure that our clients receive the care and testing necessary to address breast cancer. Twenty-five percent of our clients are survivors with a recurrence. They cannot wait for a cure, they require help and treatment today and it is our goal to raise money to help others in the community who are facing a breast cancer diagnosis.
-- Ann Grottveit, Board President