FOR RELEASE: 5/26/2011Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center receives $17,000 from Susan G. Komen for the Cure

The Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded a $17,000 grant to the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center to help uninsured and underinsured women from the greater Bridgeport community receive free breast cancer screening and diagnostic services as part of The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center’s Medically Underserved Initiative.

The Initiative provides free breast cancer screening to medically underserved women to prevent early death from breast cancer, and is the largest program of its kind in the area.

Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center receives $17,000 from Susan G. Komen CT Affiliate

Pictured left-to-right in the photo are Sally Cascella, RN, Senior Nurse Educator, NPBCC, Anne Morris, Executive Director, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, CT Affiliate and Dr. Donna Twist, Executive Director/VP Development , NPBCC.

Breast cancer screening increases the chance that cancer will be caught early when it is more treatable. Women in Greater Bridgeport, particularly minority and elderly women, have a high risk of early death from breast cancer.

“We are extremely grateful to Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” says Donna Twist, PhD, the Breast Care Center’s Executive Director and Vice President for Development. “Komen’s ongoing support means we can continue to care for women without the ability to pay for screening.”

With the help of the community, Komen Connecticut raises money year round to invest in national research initiatives and Connecticut-based education, screening and treatment programs for breast cancer and breast health. The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center’s Medically Underserved Initiative is one such local program that provides screening for Connecticut women.

“It’s important that we work together to improve the breast health of Connecticut residents,” said Anne Morris, executive director for Komen Connecticut. “Until we find the cure for breast cancer, these local programs are essential in ensuring that women in our communities have the support and care they need to get and stay healthy. We’re proud to support the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center and their efforts to fight breast cancer in Connecticut.”

The grant supporting the Medically Underserved Initiative is one of 19 awarded by Komen Connecticut this year. For the second year in a row, Komen Connecticut has invested more than $1 million in Connecticut-based breast health programs throughout the state.

Part of the Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has served more than 18,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. A member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers, the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield locations, including medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, and genetic risk assessment as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

The Breast Care Center office at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield also provides comprehensive women’s wellness services, including nutrition counseling, massage and Reiki therapy, wig and prosthesis fitting, counseling, yoga, Pilates, naturopathic medicine, and other patient support activities. The Center has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull. For more information call (203) 255-5300 or visit the Center on the web at

Komen for the Cure’s presence in Connecticut began in 1994 with a Race for the Cure. The local organization was incorporated as an affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1999. Komen Connecticut serves local communities by providing funding for research and local life-saving programs which address education, screening and treatment for Connecticut residents. In 2010, Komen Connecticut invested $1.02 million locally, providing funding to 21 Connecticut breast health programs. Since 1994, Komen for Cure has awarded more than $20 million to programs in our local communities. For more information, visit or call 860-321-7806.

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.