Gateway to Hope awarded $50,000 grant from The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Funds will benefit nonprofits’ programs and efforts to end breast-health disparities in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS (Oct. 22, 2020) – Gateway to Hope – a nonprofit organization and breast cancer lifeline for low income and underserved women in St. Louis, the state of Missouri and southern Illinois – has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The funds will be used to support programs and efforts that address the breast-health disparities between Black and white women in the greater St. Louis region.
The St. Louis region differs from other parts of the country when it comes to late-stage breast cancer diagnosis and breast cancer mortality rates among Black women. According to studies conducted by St. Louis County Department of Health and Susan G. Komen, St. Louis County is the worst metropolitan area in the nation for late-stage diagnosis and mortality rate disparities among Black and white women. Currently, a Black woman in St. Louis County is two times more likely to die from breast cancer than her white counterpart. The outcomes in St. Louis City are similar.
“These striking health disparities, which have only been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, are unconscionable,” said Gateway to Hope CEO Kate Manga. “Thanks to the generous grant from The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, we’ll be able address these issues head-on by continuing to provide targeted community empowerment and outreach programs as well as financial assistance, treatment management and emotional support to breast cancer patients who need it most.”
Gateway to Hope serves more than 400 women a year in active treatment, and its community education efforts reach tens of thousands of community members annually. Because of the pandemic, the organization cannot host its annual fundraising gala, but it will host a virtual campaign beginning October 1, which marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital is proud to support Gateway to Hope and the amazing work they do empowering those with breast cancer to face the disease and focus on healing,” said Susan Ell, executive director and vice president, The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “Assisting groups like Gateway to Hope is at the core of our mission to help donors enrich lives, save lives, and transform patient care through charitable gifts.”
About Gateway to Hope
Gateway to Hope (GTH) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on removing barriers to healthcare for the underserved. The organization serves as a breast cancer lifeline for low-income and underserved women in St. Louis, the state of Missouri and southern Illinois. GTH provides financial assistance, treatment management and emotional support to breast cancer patients who need it most, so they can focus on getting well. GTH also leads community education efforts to promote access to affordable, quality and timely healthcare options for screenings, early detection and treatment. To donate , visit gthstl.org/donate-now/. Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital
At The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, gratitude inspires us every day. Our mission is to help donors enrich lives, save lives, and transform patient care through charitable gifts.
With the help of our compassionate donors, we do more to help researchers find better treatments for the diseases affecting us most, pay it forward to a new generation of health care providers, and improve the health and well-being of our patients, our family, and our community.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the world-class health care organizations of St. Louis: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Siteman Cancer Center, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, BJC Home Care and Hospice, Evelyn’s House (hospice), and Washington University School of Medicine. To learn more, visit foundationbarnesjewish.org.