Macy’s Supports BCWHI Breast Cancer Voucher Program

Pictured, at the Macy’s Store at Logan Valley Mall in Altoona in front of Macy’s signature red star, are representatives of Macy’s Altoona store presenting a $2,500 grant to representatives of the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute of Central Pennsylvania. From left to right are Jason Potts, merchandise team manager, Macy’s Altoona store; Marcia Loner, administrative support at Macy’s Altoona store; Lannette Johnston, director of outreach at Tyrone Regional Health Network and the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute; and Murray Fetzer, director of rural health and the Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center at Tyrone Regional Health Network. (Provided photo)

Pictured, at the Macy’s Store at Logan Valley Mall in Altoona in front of Macy’s signature red star, are representatives of Macy’s Altoona store presenting a $2,500 grant to representatives of the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute of Central Pennsylvania. From left to right are Jason Potts, merchandise team manager, Macy’s Altoona store; Marcia Loner, administrative support at Macy’s Altoona store; Lannette Johnston, director of outreach at Tyrone Regional Health Network and the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute; and Murray Fetzer, director of rural health and the Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center at Tyrone Regional Health Network. (Provided photo)

TYRONE – Macy’s provided a grant in the amount of $2,500 to the Tyrone Hospital Foundation with funds to be directed to the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute of Central Pennsylvania’s (BCWHI) Breast Cancer Voucher Program.

The Breast Cancer Voucher Program assists women who have breast cancer and who are uninsured or underinsured by providing financial support.

“We, at the Breast Cancer and Women’s Health Institute, are very appreciative of the generosity of Macy’s in supporting our voucher program.  Macy’s gift will help many of our patient’s in their time of need,” said David Arbutina, M.D., medical director of BCWHI.

Women battling breast cancer and their families are profoundly affected by this disease and deal with many stressors. Among them are financial stressors.

Costs associated with breast cancer care and recovery are numerous and significant. There are costs for direct medical care, transportation costs associated with cancer treatments, expenses for medical supplies and other items, such as wigs and prosthetic bras.

Women who are underinsured or who do not have health insurance often find themselves with mounting expenses intensifying an already stressful experience.

Additionally, the process of cancer treatment and recovery is typically lengthy keeping working women away from their jobs, which can significantly reduce a family’s income.

The grant for the BCWHI Breast Cancer Voucher program was from Macy’s Corporate Giving program.  Women’s health is one of Macy’s core focus areas for philanthropy.

Macy’s, has a long-standing commitment to giving back to the communities that it serves.  A substantial number of Macy’s corporate grants are directed specifically to the individual local communities across the country where Macy’s has stores or other facilities.

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