Pink Signature Initiative
Wrapped in Comfort
Our award winning Wrapped in Comfort program (formerly Comfort Blanket Program) allows our Comfort Liaisons to create beautiful hand-crocheted pink and white blankets for our partner hospitals’ newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
At this time we have partnered with Doctors Community Hospital (Lanham, MD), Prince George’s Hospital Center (Cheverly, MD), Howard University Hospital (Washington, DC), Providence Hospital (Washington, DC) and Washington Adventist Hospital (Takoma Park, MD). We currently have a waiting list of hospitals that welcome our program.
As our volunteer base increases we will continue to extend this program to other area hospitals. These blankets are provided free of charge to the patient as a symbol of strength and encouragement and reminder that no one is in this fight alone.
The blankets are meant to be:
- a healing balm in times of pain;
- a soothing comfort in times of distress, and
- a gentle embrace in times of loneliness.
Each blanket is as unique as the person who receives them. Once the blankets are completed, a custom tag is sewn on each blanket and packaged for delivery. The designated hospital representative will present each breast cancer patient with their blanket before or directly after surgery.
Utility Assistance Program
The Utility Assistance Program enables us to partner with area hospitals to be a stop-gap resource to breast cancer families in need of assistance regarding payment of a utility bill during their radiation and/or chemotherapy treatment period. Primarily, assistance is available to individuals living in Prince George's County. However, residents of surrounding counties may apply and will be considered based on our current funding levels.
Assistance may be sought for utility (i.e. electric, gas, oil and/or water) services only. Assistance regarding phone service will no longer be accepted.
All Applications MUST include the following:
- a completed application form with requested attachments,
- a properly executed medical confirmation letter from physician currently overseeing your treatment of chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment
- copies of utility service(s) invoices you are seeking assistance for
Due to the volume of requests, only fully completed applications will be considered by the Review Board. All applications will be responded to within 3 to 4 business days upon receipt of complete application (weekdays, excluding holidays) by letter. Payment of approved requests will be made directly to the service provider. Please, no phone calls or emails.
Facing Our Fear
October is the national month of breast cancer awareness. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2010 over 4,100 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the state of Maryland. Of those new cases, approximately 540 will be in Prince George's County. It is also estimated that 800 women will die from breast cancer, with 118 of these women in Prince George's County.
All Shades of Pink seeks to encourage every woman, particularly in Prince George's County and surrounding areas, to be proactive in their breast health management. Early detection of the disease saves lives.
With new technologies and treatments, there is life after breast cancer. Live, Survive and Thrive!
If you would like a representative to speak with your group regarding the signs, risks and what you can do regarding breast cancer, contact us for more information and to a presentation. We thank our sponsors for their support of this program.
Youth Awareness Program
All Shades of Pink realizes that breast cancer affects the entire family. Often, young people do not fully understand all that is occurring, except that their parent is sick. Some parents elect not to discuss the matter with their children, as they may bee too young.
With this in mind, we have published a wonderful 28-page coloring book geared to youth 6 to 12 years of age to help them prepare for the changes that may occur with their loved one.
You may request a FREE copy of the "It's Okay to Jump!" coloring book at the Pink Café.
S.I.S.T.E.R.S (Strength In Sharing to Encourage Real Success)
Each survivor has a story of strength to share with a daughter, a mother, an aunt, a grandmother, a friend, a co-worker, or an acquaintance that will encourage, inspire and comfort another in their struggle with breast cancer.
We must begin now sharing our stories in order to empower each other in this fight against breast cancer. Sisters sharing their stories, Sisters saving lives.