Revolutionizing Breast Health Accessibility with Lyft
In 2019 the Brem Foundation partnered with Lyft to offer free transportation to under-resourced women to ensure that they get the breast screening they need and deserve. The new Wheels for Women ride-sharing program carries forth the Brem Foundation’s mission: to provide breast screening access for women from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Wheels for Women is the first and only no-cost dedicated breast-screening transportation program in the U.S.
So far, Wheels for Women provided 60 rides to screenings for women in need. Since its inception in May of 2019, rides increased exponentially each month. By the end of the year, the Brem Foundation plans to offer at least 300 rides to under resourced women in the community.
The B-Fund: Bridging the Gap between Diagnosis and Treatment
Most women can get screening mammograms for free and there are many support systems for women if they are diagnosed with breast cancer. When a woman has an abnormal screening mammogram or experiences worrisome symptoms, she needs diagnostic tests to determine whether she has breast cancer. Many women cannot afford these tests.
The B-Fund pays for diagnostic tests for any woman who cannot afford them. B-Fund diagnostic tests are performed within two weeks of a woman’s abnormal mammogram. This life-saving fund allows women to get a diagnosis in days or weeks rather than months—and, if needed, to start a treatment plan that maximizes their chances of living a normal, healthy life after breast cancer. Through partnerships with Mary's Center, Breast Care for Washington DC, St. Luke’s University Health Network, the George Washington University Hospital, and the George Washington Mammovan, the B-Fund has saved hundreds of lives. But there are thousands more to save.