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Project Renewal Unveils All-New ScanVan Mobile Mammography Clinic


BTTF is proud  to be a part of Project Renewal’s ribbon cutting event, unveiling its new 40-foot, state-of-the-art ScanVan mobile mammography clinic. Project Renewal, BTTF’s long-time referral partner, is a nonprofit that works to end the cycle of homelessness through health, homes, and jobs. 

The Project Renewal ScanVan program is the first of its kind in the nation. Each year it provides free mammograms, clinical breast exams, and care coordination to more than 4,000 underserved women at sites throughout all five boroughs and Long Island. BTTF patients with abnormal findings from clinical breast exams or screenings are contacted by patient navigators who arrange follow-up appointments at partner hospitals, radiology offices and breast centers at no cost to patients. Navigators work with hospital-based case workers to ensure a seamless transition from their initial screening to a hospital-based treatment program.

Mary Solomon, director of ScanVan, has first-hand experience with the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Her grandmother was diagnosed in 1982, and the early detection of her grandmother’s disease inspired her mother to launch a mobile mammography clinic, Women’s Outreach Network, in 1986. Mary ran the program with her mother until they encountered financial challenges in 2007, and Project Renewal stepped in to help. The program was seamlessly incorporated into Project Renewal’s fleet of mobile medical vans.

“We are looking forward to providing life-saving breast cancer screening exams and breast health education in a modern, comfortable coach throughout New York City,” says Mary Solomon, Director of the Project Renewal ScanVan. “We are grateful to the individual, corporate, government, and foundation supporters who make this program possible.”

The new Project Renewal ScanVan includes cutting-edge, Hologic full field digital mammography equipment, which will provide hospital-quality screenings to uninsured, under-insured and low-income women. The new van’s interior features a larger waiting area, a mammography room, and a clinic breast exam room. 

BTTF in the Boroughs: Get Breast Cancer Off Your Chest 
September & October 2018 New York City

Breast Treatment Task Force is proud to present “BTTF in the Boroughs: Get Breast Cancer Off Your Chest” throughout the five boroughs this fall. This exciting series of breast self-exam workshops will kick-off on Friday September 7th, 2018 at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (located at 268 Canal Street) from 9:00am to 10:00am. 

A monthly breast self-exam is an important part of staying aware of your breast health. BTTF in the Boroughs workshop will demonstrate simple steps you can take to check for breast abnormalities and be familiar with your body so that you can recognize changes if they occur. BTTF Staff and Community Referral Partners will be at all locations to answer any questions you may have regarding breast health, screenings, diagnostic care, and more.

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BTTF Presents at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting
June 1-5, 2018 Chicago, IL

Breast Treatment Task Force is excited to be a part of this year’s ASCO Annual meeting in Chicago, IL. The focus of our proposal is how the BTTF Model demonstrate the feasibility of implanting a self-funded breast cancer screening and treatment program for uninsured women earning 200% to 400% of the FPL. Our model’s success rely on two important networks: private imaging centers that are willing to offer reduced prices for unused capacity, and community referral partners. The two networks allow BTTF to use vacant appointments and equipment at private centers to provide medical services to women who can’t afford health insurance but don’t meet Medicaid eligibility requirements, also known as the “Unheard Third”.

Click to View ASCO Poster







Speed Rack Sponsored  Screening Day: Tuesday, April 10
Callen-Lorde Community Center

Speed Rack has generously sponsored a free screening day in partnership with BTTF and Project Renewal, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 10th from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center.  Screenings are free for uninsured patients.  Click here to learn more information.










NY Health Population Summit:
A Public-Private Partnership* to Support Breast Care for Low-Income Women in New York City: An Evaluation of the Breast Treatment Task Force”

Breast Treatment Task Force and The New York Academy of Medicine presented a poster at the New York Population Health Summit. Click here to download a copy. 

Health Affairs:
“Building Sustainable Partnerships To Improve Access to Breast Cancer Treatment for Uninsured Women”

Breast Treatment Task Force and The New York Academy of Medicine co-authored a piece on the innovative health care payment and delivery model that BTTF offers. Click here to read it.

Everyday Health:
“Why Safety Net Organizations Are Still Needed for Women’s Breast Health”

Breast Treatment Task Force’s Executive Director, Janice Zaballero, writes for Everyday Health about the importance of safety net organizations like BTTF. Click here to read it and learn about the future of safety net organizations in response to the Affordable Care Act.

CharityBuzz Summer Auction: July 16th — August 1st

It’s time for BTTF’s semi-annual charity auction on! For the past six years, BTTF has partnered with CharityBuzz to auction off some amazing exclusive experiences and luxury merchandise, and this summer’s auction is bigger than ever. Check out the auction to bid on fashion week tickets, celebrity experiences, fitness classes, and more.

Thank you to our generous donors for making this event possible:

Fashion  Entertainment Business    
Kleinfeld Bridal TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda   Aliza Licht    
Anya Caliendo  The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore  Malcolm Turner    
Dorin Negrau  Hand to God Alan Murray    
Edwing D’Angelo  School of Cards  GCH Advisors    
Creatures of Comfort  Chess NYC Manhattan Prep    
Raul Peñaranda Advanced Mechatronics For Kids  Taryn Laughlin    
Perrin Paris        
Tadashi Shoji        
Mathieu Mirano        




Spin for BTTF 2015: Sunday, April 26th

BTTF will hold its Fourth Annual Spin-A-Thon on Sunday, April 26th at New York Health and Racquet Club (60 West 23rd Street).

The first class will begin at 1PM, and the second at 2:15PM. For more information, please consult the brochure below, or visit the event’s Crowdrise page to sign up.



BTTF_Spin_2015_r4_Page_3Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program

BTTF is excited to announce that some of our patients now qualify for  New York State Cancer Services Program’s Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program, meaning that they will now receive financial assistance from New York State for their treatment procedures.

MCTP Description

BTTF Summer Newsletter – June

Click below to read the full version:



Awarded Gold Level GuideStar Participation: June 3

BTTF has been designated as a Gold Level Participant on the GuideStar Exchange, the premiere online service for nonprofit reporting, collecting information of over 1.9 million U.S. nonprofit organizations. 


KCS and Scan Van Screening Day: Friday, May 23

BTTF is proud to partner with KCS and Scan Van and sponsor a free screening day on Friday, May 23 at KCS headquarters for eligible, uninsured women. Please see the flyer below for complete details, or click to download.

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Spin for BTTF 2014: Sunday, April 6th

Join us again for the Third Annual Spin for BTTF at New York Health and Racquet Club (60 West 23rd Street) on Sunday, April 6th.

We’re excited for our spinners to meet our very special instructor, Jennylynn Jankesh, who in addition to teaching yoga, spin, sculpting, ballet barre and other classes in the fitness industry for 15+ years, works as an ultrasound technologist at the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai Hospital. BTTF is truly grateful to have her lead this year’s effort.

See the flyer below to learn more, or go straight to






Spring Forward, Give Back- Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thanks to Host Committee and everyone who came out to support BTTF, KCS and JASSI for Spring Forward, Give Back at E.V.R. Lounge. The event completely sold out and was a huge success.

Photos from the evening below from the fabulous team at Host Committee:



Power of Ten: October 16-26

BTTF is excited to announce a new fundraising campaign as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the BTTF Power of Ten, from October 16th-26th.

The idea is simple: donate $10 and forward the campaign on to ten friends, asking them to do the same. Every $10 donated provides $80 in medical services. In ten days, your $10 donation can bring us one step closer to reaching our goal of $10,000.

Check out the amazing video our team put together to learn more.

If you’d like to participate, follow these easy steps:

  1. Click here:
  2. Press the orange ‘Donate to this Fundraiser’ button and give $10.
  3. Forward this message along to ten friends, explaining why you support us and asking them to contribute to the BTTF Power of Ten.



Journelle and Butterfly Studios for BTTF: October 2013

BTTF is honored to be a selected charity for both Journelle and Butterfly Studios during the month of October. Please support Journelle and Butterfly choosing to pamper yourself for good this month and spreading the word to your friends and family.

Click both flyers below for more details.





Juggling for BTTF

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A special thanks to Mia and Sam for using their special skills for a special cause!

BRA Fund Charitable Care Award

BTTF is thrilled to announce that we have received a Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Fund Charitable Care Award from the Plastic Surgery Foundation!

With this award, we can directly support surgical care expenses for women having breast reconstruction surgeries. BTTF is truly honored and grateful to the Plastic Surgery Foundation.

Click here to read the official PSF Press Release.


BTTF Summer 2013 Newsletter

Click below to read the BTTF Summer 2013 to read about the exciting projects we’ve been working on this year, and what’s coming this fall.


BTTF Featured in “The Portfolio” Episode 12


Second Annual Spin for BTTF- Sunday, April 28, 2013

Thanks to all the riders and everyone who supported Spin for BTTF 2013. The event was a tremendous success, and raised over $28,000 AND COUNTING–that’s over a 20% increase from last year.

Check out photos from the Second Annual Spin for BTTF below:


BTTF Receives ACS & Yoplait Award – December 2012

BTTF’s own Executive Director, Janice Zaballero, was selected as a recipient of the American Cancer Society and Yoplait ‘So Good’ Initiative, earning the “Breast Cancer Champion” Award, in recognition of BTTF’s community-based efforts to fight breast cancer. Click here to read more in Yoplait’s special feature about BTTF, “Helping Patients Pay It Forward.”





Meet Ruana, the BTTF Horse – November 2012

BTTF thanks the United States Polo Association and Susan Fredericks for the donation of her horse, Ruana, who will represent BTTF in polo matches to raise funding and awareness to assist uninsured patients in need of screenings, diagnostic follow-up and treatment.



BTTF 2012-2013 Newsletter

Make sure to read our End-of-Year Newsletter to learn about our accomplishments and news in 2012–and what’s planned for 2013.



BTTF in the News for Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October 19 2012

BTTF was featured in three articles on The Midtown Gazette, published by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Check out the screenshots below, and make sure to read the full articles here:

“Uninsured Patients Still Rely on Safety-Net Care” by Simone M. Scully

“Pink Floods the Marketplace for Breast Cancer Awareness Month” by Anna Cooperberg

“Mobile Van Brings Mammograms to New York City’s Neediest” by N.G. Onuoha



B.R. Guest & BTTF: Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October 2012

This October marks the fifth year anniversary of BTTF’s partnership with B.R. Guest. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, participating BR Guest restaurants will donate 75% percent of proceeds from specialty desserts to BTTF–treats this year include Pink Velvet Chocolate Torte and Pink Velvet Cupcakes!

Since BR Guest partnered with the BTTF in 2008 over $157,000 has been raised and donated to uninsured women with breast cancer. These funds have paid for 262 mammograms, 61 ultrasounds, 16 biopsies, and 5 full cancer treatments, among other medical services.

Help making 2012 a record-breaking year to help us deliver $10 million in medical services by the end of this year!

Click here to read more, or click here to see a list of participating restaurants.



Kathryn Erbe for BTTF: Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day – September 11, 2012

BTTF’s celebrity ambassador, Law & Order Actress Kathryn Erbe attended Cantor Fitzgerald’s annual Charity Day on September 11th, to benefit over 100 charities around the world. With Kathryn’s help on the trading floor, BTTF will be able to provide hundreds of procedures for uninsured patients.



BTTF and Young Invincibles Webinar For Avon – August 23, 2012

Despite the passing of PPACA, the population served by BTTF, individuals earning $28,000-$60,000 annually for 1-2 person households, will continue to face financial barriers to purchasing health insurance. These patients will not receive substantial enough tax credits to cover high insurance premiums, and may face high out-of-pocket costs for diagnostic follow-up. Thus, the need for safety net programs will remain critical in 2014 and beyond.

Click on the snapshot above to download the presentation, or click here for the PDF version.



BTTF BBQ – June 9, 2012



Roundtable discussion with the Young Invincibles – May 4, 2012

The Young Invincibles stopped by BTTF’s offices as part of their Campaign for Young America Bus Tour to discuss healthcare reform and its expected impact on young Americans and BTTF patients. Specifically, we focused on how to prepare, educate and advocate for underserved individuals under the approaching 2014 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Please check out The Young Invincible’s website to learn about specific PPACA guidelines and what the mandate means for you.


Spin for BTTF – March 11, 2012

Spin for BTTF was a tremendous success! With your help, we raised over $20,000, delivering over $124,000 in medical services to patients without health insurance.



BTTF Mentoring Night with Graham Hill – November 15, 2011

Our second mentoring night at Le Poisson Rouge featured Entrepreneur Graham Hill, founder of TreeHugger and VP of Interactive Media of Discovery’s Planet Green. Graham used personal anecdotes to give his tips on how to take small companies from nothing to something, while still serving society.



BTTF Mentoring Night with Anna Gecan – July 26, 2011

BTTF hosted an exclusive mentoring night on a beautiful Tribeca rooftop garden. Anna Gecan, VP of Original Programming at HGTV in New York, talked about how she and her team developed top-rated television shows, and what matters most when balancing personal and professional growth.