Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation is named in honor of Alberta “Albie” Carson who lost her fight against breast cancer in 2002. Albie’s husband, Doug Carson, founded this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2004 to honor his wife and offer hope to others.
Today, Albie Aware is helping people facing breast cancer in the greater Sacramento area. It is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated solely to breast cancer in the area.
The main programs of Albie Aware are:
1) Community collaborations of mobile mammograms
Albie Aware is working with community centers, medical providers and other nonprofit organizations to reach individuals with a higher risk of breast cancer. By using multiple points of data, we are able to pinpoint neighborhoods in the greater Sacramento area where community members need mammogram services via a mobile unit.
2) Financial assistance for breast cancer patients
Albie Aware provides financial assistance for individuals in the greater Sacramento area who need a screening, diagnostic mammogram, breast ultrasound or other medical expenses in facing breast cancer. These expenses are paid directly to the medical providers at a discounted rate.
3) Act as a patient advocate and compassionate support
When an individual receives a breast cancer diagnosis or an inconclusive mammogram, they may be left with questions. Albie Aware acts as a patient advocate by supporting them in understanding their condition and connecting them to nurse navigators and others in the medical community.
4) Breast health awareness
According to the World Health Organization, early detection of breast cancer offers the best chance for effective treatment. Albie Aware provides breast health classes in the Sacramento area encouraging individuals to learn their family's health history, symptoms to watch for, the importance of mammograms and ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
The immediate need for Albie Aware services:
- Breast cancer is the leading diagnosed cancer in women in California
- Sacramento County has a higher death rate due to breast cancer than the national and state averages
- In the US, more than 9.5 million people missed cancer screenings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
- When breast cancer is detected early and in the localized stage, the five-year relative survival rate is 99%
In August 2021, Albie Aware hired a new Executive Director, Courtney Quinn, who is a breast cancer survivor and she has spent more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector. She is establishing new relationships with healthcare providers to increase involvement in services to those impacted by health disparities. Albie Aware is open to new partnerships in the greater Sacramento community.