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CROWDRISE : Apr 07, 2013
Tax ID: 20-3273703
BASED: Athens, GA, United States



Our Mission

The mission of the East Georgia Cancer Coalition is to reduce the number of cancer deaths within the coalition region by insuring that all people receive cancer prevention education and information, early detection methodologies, referrals and follow-ups for appropriate treatment, and benefit from cancer research discoveries. We envision a coalition region in which there are no deaths from cancer due to a lack of cancer prevention education and information, early detection, appropriate treatment, and access to research discoveries.


Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Georgia. Our 29 county region represents close to 13% of the total cancer deaths, however, our region only accounts for 9.4% of the state’s total population.
Our citizens come from a distinctive mix of backgrounds, many with high levels of intergenerational poverty and low educational attainment levels.
This mix of backgrounds enriches the culture of our region but also presents unique challenges to cancer prevention and treatment. The EGCC’s programs are uniquely tailored to address the problems of our target populations.
Cancer outreach activities and programs must involve the entire community: government, schools, faith community, private sector, and media. The EGCC brings together different sectors and uses their resources and expertise to combat cancer.
Flexibility and innovative planning must be an integral part of the region’s health care initiatives. The EGCC integrates evidence-based practices and unique approaches when developing programs.


The EGCC serves all residents within our 29 county region. Our programs impact cancer and patients at every stage from prevention, screening, treatment all the way through survivorship.

As we learn more about cancer, we know that long-term prevention through healthy behaviors is key in reducing cancer rates. Behaviors formed in childhood are more likely to be maintained so initiatives such as the EGCC’s farm to table program have the ability to impact lives for decades to come. Limited budgets and busy schedules can make it difficult for children to maintain healthy eating habits so the EGCC also offers a program that teaches kitchen safety to children and healthy meal preparation for families on a budget.

We provide cancer health education programs in a variety of formats and tailor each presentation to the needs and interests of the people in each group. Programs are held at worksites, community organizations, churches and other faith based institutions. The EGCC also engages communities through media campaigns related to cancer and health fairs in order to maintain a constant presence of healthy behaviors and cancer screenings in the minds of our residents.

The EGCC emphasizes the importance of early screening in all of its programs because we understand that cancers detected early are more treatable than those detected later. We also understand that sometimes the cost of screenings are more than what some families can afford, so the EGCC negotiates with providers in our region to offer lower cost screenings to our residents.

In some cases, reduced cost screenings are still unaffordable, so the EGCC has offered programs that pay for the screenings of un-or underinsured patients. In order to address the issue of cost, the EGCC raises provider awareness of the latest research discoveries in cost effective cancer screenings and makes every effort to bring these methods to the mainstream such as through the EGCC’s colorectal cancer screening program. This program provides colorectal cancer screening to patients at a cost of $13 per patient. The EGCC’s mammography program also provides mammograms to un/underinsured women at no cost to them while we control costs by negotiating low rates.

The EGCC’s health navigator program helps patients navigate the healthcare system from screening through treatment. Health navigators work in communities and clinics throughout our region and provide health education and screening recommendations to our residents. The program has led to the early detection of cancers through recommendations from health navigators of necessary screenings and how to obtain them. Health navigators aid patients in finding resources available for them and provide them with emotional support through treatment.

Massage is considered a complementary therapy for cancer patients. Complementary therapies have a goal of treating the whole person, not just the symptoms of the disease. While massage cannot treat cancer in itself, it can help reduce the side effects of medical treatments and medication resulting in the improved mental health, overall sense of well being and quality of life of the patients. The EGCC provides massages at no-cost to cancer patients who have low-incomes and would otherwise be unable to pay for massage therapy. Massages are provided by local certified medical massage therapists.

The homeless population is a medically vulnerable population and is at particular risk for sun cancer due to constant sun exposure and a lack of skin cancer prevention behaviors. The EGCC is addressing these issues by distributing suncreen and hats through area homeless agencies along with educational information on the importance of wearing these items.

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