M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust Grants $248,000 to the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska
Will double community support of $248,000
The Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska (BCDC) has been approved to receive a $248,000 top-off grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust when another $248,000 is realized from community support.
This grant from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will fund half of the $496,656 total cost to purchase and install Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) technology on the BCDC Mobile Mammography Truck. This grant is contingent upon generating earned income from services and philanthropic investment to fund the corresponding half before November 20th.
Thanks to support from BCDC patients and donors, only $116,597 remains for M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust to top-off the total cost of the project. Odette Butler, Executive Director of BCDC said “Individuals, businesses, and groups can help ensure that Alaskans receive the highest quality breast cancer screening services on-site in their community… hopefully by next summer! Please consider giving a donation in support of BCDC and attending A Gala Affair on Saturday, October 3rd.”
Because Alaskans lack access to affordable mammograms, the BCDC Mobile Mammography Truck delivers breast cancer screening services on-site in communities where services are not readily available.
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis technology harnesses very detailed images of breast tissue from multiple angles and offers significant improvements in screening accuracy, earlier detection, and fewer patient callbacks.
A Gala Affair fundraising dinner and auction to benefit BCDC will take place on Saturday, October 3rd at the Westmark Hotel. Tickets are $125 and available at 1905 Cowles Street, by phone 479-3909, or online at www.bcdcofalaska.org.
The Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska is a 501c3 non-profit organization that delivers breast cancer screening services and educational programs in Fairbanks and on-site in Alaskan communities. For almost forty years, BCDC has been guided by the mission to increase awareness of the survivability of breast cancer and the benefits of early detection. More information is available at www.bcdcofalaska.org.