As Komen Ozark counts down the days to its 2019 More Than Pink Walk on April 27, the group is highlighting its efforts to find a cure for breast cancer through highlighting its four pillars: research, care, community and action.
Washington Regional’s Cancer Support Home focuses on providing the upmost care for women battling breast cancer in Northwest Arkansas. Women are paired up with a Breast Health Navigator to help them overcome the difficult journey.
“If Komen Ozark funding wouldn’t exist and we wouldn’t have this program a lot of women would simply be alone, they would go to their appointments alone, they wouldn’t understand what their diagnosis means, they wouldn’t know how to make their way through their treatment plans, some would even quit treatment, ” says Misty Johnson, Breast Health Navigator.
Breast Health Navigators are liaisons funded by Komen Ozark grants to guide women from diagnosis, to treatment, and ultimately, survival.
“If we have the funds that we need we don’t’ have to tell anyone no and we can provide the support that they need and make sure they get the care that they need,” says Johnson.
The Cancer Support Home focuses on caring for patients in every aspect; from emotional support to funding expenses like food, rent and transportation while battling breast cancer
“Some people might not have family in the area, or even friends that can help and step in in certain situations,” says Johnson.
Care is imperative to surviving breast cancer and Komen Ozark is critical in making sure every one has a fair chance at conquering death.
“At times we can eliminate all that fear that cancer brings up in someone and if we don’t have that then a lot of women aren’t even going to treat their cancer,” says Johnson.
Each Thursday leading up to the More Than Pink Walk, we will highlight the other two Komen Ozark pillars: community and action.
To learn more about Komen Ozark’s More Than Pink Walk and to register for the event happening April 27, click here.