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NorthShore University HealthSystem Kellogg Cancer Center Honors the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation for Improving Lives of Mothers with Breast Cancer

NorthShore University HealthSystem Kellogg Cancer Center Honors the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation for Improving Lives of Mothers with Breast Cancer

On Friday, February 14, NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Evanston Hospital Kellogg Cancer Center marked five years of the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation’s commitment to improving the lives of mothers with breast cancer. Thanks to substantial support from the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation, NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center has received a total of $100,000 to provide high-quality, patient-centered care to mothers who struggle to keep up with daily tasks and responsibilities while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

 

“We feel honored to be the beneficiary of the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation’s outstanding philanthropy and to collaborate with them in helping to alleviate some of the challenges our patients and their families experience during the difficult time that follows a diagnosis of breast cancer,” stated Tyler Bauer, Assistant Vice President of NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center. “This type of compassionate and truly personalized care could not be provided without the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation’s partnership, passionate dedication and unwavering determination.”    

 

Since 2009, with the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation’s generosity, NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center has provided direct financial assistance to more than 50 women to help them balance the challenges of motherhood with being a patient dealing with a serious, life-changing illness. Donations from the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation fund non-covered medical expenses, such as child care fees, housecleaning, transportation, exercise and nutritional needs to build up immunities, and integrated medicine therapies.

 

“Our generous donors and our collaboration with NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center are essential to improving quality of life for young mothers with breast cancer. This was Karen’s vision, now a reality,” said Kathleen Dove, Executive Director of the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation.    

 

For more information about NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center or ways to support the innovative cancer care provided at NorthShore University HealthSystem, please call (224) 364-7214 or visit northshore.org/foundation.

 

About NorthShore University HealthSystem

Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is a comprehensive, fully integrated, healthcare delivery system that serves the Chicago region. The system includes four hospitals in Evanston, Glenview, Highland Park and Skokie. NorthShore employs approximately 10,000 and has 2,400 affiliated physicians, including an 850+ physician, multispecialty group practice with over 100 office locations. Further, NorthShore supports teaching and research as the principal teaching affiliate for the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

The NorthShore Research Institute focuses on clinical and translational research, including leadership in clinical trials and medical informatics. The NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation is the organization’s primary philanthropic entity. The Foundation raises charitable contributions and engages volunteer friends in support of NorthShore’s ongoing mission to preserve and improve human life.

NorthShore has significant capabilities in a wide spectrum of clinical programs, including Kellogg Cancer Center, NorthShore Neurological Institute, NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute, cardiovascular care, high-risk maternity and pediatrics. NorthShore is a Magnet recognized organization, the first in Illinois designated as a system to receive this prestigious honor that demonstrates excellence in nursing. NorthShore is a national leader in the implementation of innovative technologies, including electronic medical records (EMR). In 2003, NorthShore was among the first in the country to successfully launch a system-wide EMR with demonstrable benefits in quality, safety, efficiency and service to patients. NorthShore has been recognized by multiple national organizations for this notable achievement.

 

About the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation

The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation was founded in 2008 by the family and friends of Karen Dove Cabral, who passed away in 2007 after six years of living with breast cancer.

 

As a NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center patient, Karen expressed empathy and concern for the many young mothers with breast cancer who could not afford the critical therapies and vital services their insurance would not cover. This lack of access often seriously compromises a breast cancer patient’s basic ability to function and a family’s quality of life.

 

The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation is the sole organization in this area dedicated to assisting young mothers with breast cancer who are struggling with financial limitations. Through the Foundation’s partnership with Kellogg Cancer Center, their philanthropy helps these patients and their families by providing direct financial assistance with non-covered medical expenses, child care fees, housekeeping, and transportation and lodging while a patient is undergoing treatment.

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