Pink Ribbon Jax is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit group created in 2006 to raise funds for local breast cancer research.
Pink Ribbon Jax is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit group created in 2006 to raise funds for local breast cancer research and related services at Baptist Medical Center Beaches and Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville. PRJ operates as a 501(c)(3) under the Baptist Health Foundation umbrella. What began as one event, the Pink Ribbon Golf Classic, had grown to multiple fundraising and educational events. To date, we have raised and donated nearly $2,000,000 in the fight against breast cancer, and it all stays locally in Jacksonville.
Contributions to Baptist Medical Center Beaches have specifically helped with:
- The purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, including
- SenoClaire breast tomosynthesis with three-dimensional imaging technology.
- Bi-directional dopplers that repair cells damaged by radiation
- X-ray pathology unit that results in even faster and more accurate diagnoses
- Digital mammography unit that helps with earlier and more accurate diagnoses
- Creation and funding of the Breast Cancer Care Coordinator position responsible for supporting patients through every aspect of treatment, including adjusting to life after treatment.
- The underwriting of an educational forum on the hereditary risk of breast and ovarian cancers, the connection between these cancers, and the discovery of the BRCA 1 & 2 genes.
- Establishment of the Support & Survivorship Program at Hill Breast Center, offering services that enhance patients’ lives during and after treatment.
- Establishment of an endowment that provides a consistent source of funding for breast cancer related needs, including medical costs not covered by health insurance.
- Fostering an endowment that provides funding for genetic testing and screening for young women diagnosed with or at an increased risk for breast cancer.
For PRJ’s contributions to the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, we were recently recognized as Distinguished Benefactors. Highlights of contributions, primarily benefiting pioneering research, include:
- Funding the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program, which developed an analytical infrastructure that positioned Mayo Clinic as one of the global leaders in breast cancer genomics.
- Supporting the Breast Cancer Genome Guided Therapy Study (BEAUTY), a ground-breaking, national genetic clinical trial designed to help researchers and physicians better understand the role genetics play in breast cancer treatment in order to develop more personalized therapies for breast cancer patients now and in the future.
- The purchase of a biopsy system used in conjunction with digital breast tomosynthesis. This integral piece of equipment gives radiologists the ability to locate and accurately target regions of interest for biopsy resulting in a seamless, streamlined procedure.
- Support of research to identify factors that put patients at risk of lymphedema in order to help women understand their own risk and aid in the development of novel prevention tools.