October Brought out the Best

Breast Cancer Awareness Month made October a busy event month, and we loved every minute of it. We had so many great organizations and initiatives that raise funds for us in creative ways. We love creativity here, and we are happy to thank all of those who supported us in their own unique way.

Baseball for Breast Cancer

The Give 10 for 10 Foundation and Eastern Women’s Baseball Conference kicked off the month with the Coed Baseball Battles Cancer Event . On Saturday, October 5, more than 35 male and female baseball players supported Baseball Battles Cancer, at Nike Park in Great Falls, VA. The Eastern Women’s Baseball Conference holds this event in memory of the teammate, #10 Carmen Dominguez, whom they lost to breast cancer in 2011. Each player is asked to donate a minimum of $10 to participate in the event.


Dancing for the Cure

Unique Foundation followed on October 6th with their 17th Annual Dancing for the Cure at the Hilton Hotel on King Street in Alexandria, VA. Supporters were treated to a piano recital, accordion recital, magic act, Indian dance, Flamingo dance, theatrical ballroom, ballroom dance exhibition, silent auction, door prize, dancing, tea sandwiches and a cash bar. Unique Foundation raises breast cancer awareness, provides funding for breast cancer research, and helps provide detection screening for women through dance fundraisers.

Beauty Beats Breast Cancer

Georgetown’s own Isabelle’s Okyo Saloncampaigned for breast cancer awareness all month! They donated 10% of the cost of each blow dry service. Their customers looked great while supporting breast cancer awareness and research at the same time.

Georgetown salons were on a roll as Luigi Parasmo Salon on Wisconsin  Avenue also ran a promotion that benefited CBCC. On October 15th, they hosted their Beauty and the Cure event from 10 am until 7 pm. 20% of all service proceeds from the event were donated. Clients who supported the event were treated to complimentary pink cupcakes and champagne.

Change for Change

On October 17th, DC Metro Church presented Program Director, Tesha Coleman, with a check for $1500 through their Change for Change program. Since 2010, this initiative has made an effort to help addressses the needs of women locally, regionally, internationally by collecting change for a local cause.

Save the Pumpkins

Good4DC hosted their second annual Save the Pumpkins event this year on  October 22nd. From 6 pm until 8 pm, they were “doing good, having fun” (as their tagline says) during happy hour at the Iron Horse Taproom is northwest DC. Those who attended were asked to donate $10 to benefit CBCC. We are glad to have their support again this year. 

Going out with a Bang

October 24th was sensational with not just one but TWO great events in one day!

The day was off to a great start with the Second Annual Power of Pink Working Out to Help Stop Breast Cancer. This was a labor of love for co-chairs, Karen Leder, whose sister has battled breast cancer twice, and Shelly Galli, a breast cancer survivor. Those who participated paid to work out at Equinox, a Bethesda fitness club, and then enjoyed lunch at Redwood Restaurant and Bar, a trendy eatery just down the street from Equinox. The co-chairs worked with their committee to get a number of great corporate sponsors, and they were able to raise over $51,000! It was a feel-good event that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

A beautiful horse show at the Verizon  Center was the perfect end to a busy day. This was the Washington International Horse Show’s55th annual event, but this year, they decided to add their Buck Breast Cancer fundraiser to their program. The fundraiser was held at 7 pm in honor Laura Pickett, a well-loved local equestrian and trainer, who touched the lives of many in the horse world, and who lost her battle with breast cancer last year.

Awareness Continues Beyond October

October was finished for the year, but the William E. Doar Jr., Public Charter School for the Performing Arts (WEDJ) was not ready to stop the awareness campaign! On Friday, November 1st, their WEDJ’s Got Talent event was a heartwarming show of talented teachers who gave their all. It was the perfect way to unwind on a Friday, and the feeling in the room was warm and inviting. Students, parents, and staff watched in delight. After the show, we had hugs, thank yous, and invitations to come back soon. It was a great experience, and we are glad to know that such a great place exists for the children of the District of Columbia.

Thank you to our DC Metro area friends for all of the diversely creative events that recognized and supported us for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our staff appreciates your efforts, and we enjoyed attending your functions and recognizing YOUR work!

Breast Cancer Awareness at the Bidens'

On Novmeber 5, 2013 Executive Director Wanda Lucas and Program Director Tesha Coleman had the honor of participating in the Breast Cancer Awareness reception at the home of Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden. It was an opportunity to honor not just survivors but physicians, researchers and caregivers.


Georgetown Lombardi Team Raises $145,000 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

A team of volunteers and patients representing Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center laced up again this year for the two-day, 39.3-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, May 4-5 in Washington. The Georgetown Lombardi/Capital Breast Care Center team raised more than $145,000 for the walk.

At the closing ceremony, Avon presented a $250,000 check to support Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC) – one of several grants Avon awarded to local organizations to help support their breast cancer screening and education efforts.

Located in southeast D.C., CBCC is a community-based arm of Georgetown Lombardi that offers breast health services to underserved women, regardless of their ability to pay.

"Avon's support is vital in our quest to eliminate screening barriers for women in our community,” says CBCC Executive Director Wanda Lucas, MBA, who accepted the check on behalf of the team. “Avon has fostered our ability to make an impact on women’s lives. Knowing that Avon has shared and supported our mission since 2004 means the world to both our patients and staff."

The Avon Foundation has been one of CBCC’s biggest supporters since it provided an initial grant of $1 million to establish the center in 2004, and has supported CBCC since then with over $8 million in funding.

Team captain Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD, MPH, associate director for population sciences at Georgetown Lombardi and founding director of CBCC, completed her 14th Avon walk this weekend. She says her reasons for walking haven’t wavered.

“I walk every year for two very important reasons: first, to let Avon know how much their support means to us, and second, and most importantly, so that our patients know that they are not alone. We are walking with them every step of the way,” she says.

The Georgetown team is among the largest each year in the annual walk and has grown exponentially over the years. Having started five years ago with just a handful of walkers, this year the team consisted of 70 men and women who have trained together regularly for months. Many in the group gather weekly for training walks that have taken them all over the District, Maryland, and Virginia.

“We all share a commitment to making a difference,” says Mandelblatt.

“We also shared Band-Aids for blisters, snacks, and stories over the course of the 170 miles we walked to prepare for the walk, bringing home our team motto ‘No one walks alone’,” says Mandelblatt.

The team also received a big boost this year from MedStar Health, which pledged $10,000 to sponsor the team. MedStar Health is Georgetown Lombardi’s clinical partner that provides clinical services to CBCC’s patients.

“MedStar Health’s support of the Georgetown Lombardi team is very meaningful,” said Louis M. Weiner, MD, director of the cancer center. “It underscores our shared dedication to promoting regular breast screening and healthy habits, engaging in community-based research to better understand barriers to care and ensuring that we can provide top quality care to all women in our area who need medical care. We are grateful for MedStar Health’s partnership in battling breast cancer in the D.C. region.”

Author: Karen Mallet, GUMC Communications
Photo: Sarah Gormley

CBCC at a Glance:  Bridget Oppong, MD

Bridget Oppong, MD

Assistant Medical Director
Capital Breast Care Center

Dr. Oppong is an attending physician in the Division of Breast Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She received her MD in 2004 from the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine, where she subsequently completed her general surgery residency training in 2010. Dr. Oppong obtained additional fellowship training in breast surgical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Oppong is interested in outcomes research including in the area of triple-negative breast cancer, and fertility preservation for younger women diagnosed with breast cancer. She has interest in international breast health and improving cancer care in developing countries.

CBCC at a Glance:  Dr. Shawna Wiley

Shawna C. Willey, MD, FACS

Vice-Chairman of Clinical Affairs, Department of Surgery
Director, Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center
Medical Director, Capital Breast Care Center

Dr. Shawna Willey is an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Director of the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. A native of Iowa, she received her MD from the University of Iowa and completed her residency in surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center. Before joining Lombardi, Dr. Willey served as the Director of the Breast Care Center at George Washington University. She serves as the Chief of the Division of Breast Surgery and is the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Surgery. As an active researcher in the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Willey is the principal investigator on many clinical trials with a focus on outcomes and quality of life. She is interested in international health and education, and has conducted programs throughout the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Dr. Willey is an active member of the American Society for Breast Surgeons and served as its president in 2008-2009. She is a co-founder of the Breast Cancer Care Foundation in Washington, DC and recently received awards from the African Women’s Cancer Association and the Living in Pink Foundation.

CBCC's Interim Executive Director Interviewed on Weekly Radio Program

CBCC's program director / interim executive director, Tesha Coleman, appeared on At Promise Nation on October 20, 2012. Coleman was interviewed on the need for increased access to breast cancer services in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. 

Bachelors & Bridemaids

Dressed in bright ties and satin, attendees of this event mingled in their wedding finery as they supported breast care services for the unisured who come to Capital Breast Care Center. L2 Lounge provided the space for this April 18, 2012, event and mixed up "Blush and Bashful" and "Bow Tie" to fill the glasses of the attendees. Walter Grio of Shoot for Change and Fashiontographer shot pictures for the District of Fashion editorial lookbook.

Thank you to everyone who helped raise over $750 for screening mammograms for uninsured women.

Bisnow stopped by to join in and document the festivities.

Gift of Life Project Launch

CBCC, Shoot for Change and Nival Salon & Spa celebrated and began The Gift of Life of Project with an event held at Nival Salon & Spa. Attendees sampled macarons and sipped champagne and learned about benefits acupuncture or a massage can uplift the spirits of under- or uninsured patients who come to the Center. Each month, one CBCC patient will win a package from Nival Salon & Spa. We are very grateful for our partnership with Shoot for Change, Nival Salon & Spa and CSE Identity Design.