Georgetown Breakfast Raises Breast Cancer Funds

Posted in: G-Town News- Oct 08, 2010 No Comments

U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton and 500 other advocates, breast cancer survivors and friends of Georgetown’s Lombardi Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC) attended a fundraising breakfast for the center Oct. 7 at the District’s Grand Hyatt.

The CBCC’s annual “Gift of Life” breakfast fundraiser takes place in October to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event also brought together councilwomen Mary Cheh, Yvette Alexander and Muriel Bowser.

Highest Rate in the Nation
“D.C. has one of the highest breast cancer rates in the nation,” Holmes-Norton noted at the fourth annual event, “and also the highest breast cancer death rate. It’s important that we continue to fight this devastating and deadly disease.”

The women praised the CBCC for its commitment to D.C. women (and men) who don’t have health insurance or who are underinsured.

A breast cancer survivor, Cheh noted the importance of early screening and detection of the disease.

Early Detection
“Check yourself and act quickly,” she said.  “Take it to the next step — satisfy yourself so you know you don’t have breast cancer, because if you do have breast cancer, you need to act quickly.”

Since its inception in 2004, the CBCC has conducted 7,000 mammograms and diagnosed 80 women with breast cancer with a 95 percent survivor rate.

Standing Here Today
“I thank God everyday for the CBCC,” said Flavia Campos, a patient of the center and a breast cancer survivor. “When you’re diagnosed, you think, ‘am I going to die?’ but thanks to the CBCC and its navigation program, I’m standing here today.”

The CBCC is the only community-based breast cancer screening service in the city. Its services include breast health education, transportation, clinical breast exams, screening mammography and navigation services for women who require follow-up exams.

Dr. Peter Shields, a Georgetown oncology professor and deputy director at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said CBCC has been also looking beyond clinical services.

“Among the most important missions [at CBCC] is research — life-saving research that will benefit our patients and others,” said Peter Shields, deputy director at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. “To do this … you need good community trust.”

For more information about the CBCC, visit the website.

Board Approves Tuition Increases for 2010-2011: Funds for Undergraduate Financial Aid to Increase

Posted in: G-Town News- Feb 28, 2010 Comments Off on Board Approves Tuition Increases for 2010-2011: Funds for Undergraduate Financial Aid to Increase

Georgetown University’s Board of Directors has approved a 3 percent increase in undergraduate tuition rates for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Undergraduate tuition will increase next year to $39,768, compared to $38,616 this year. Room and board charges will go up 2 percent. The total cost of undergraduate tuition, fees and average room and board for 2010-11 will be $52,443—less than 3 percent over the 2009-2010 cost.

“We understand that the lagging economy is having a real impact on our students and their families,” said James J. O’Donnell, University Provost. “These uncertain times require that we balance the need to limit tuition growth with the university’s commitment to supporting our top notch faculty and providing exceptional academic programs and services.”

The board also approved an 8 percent increase to the university’s undergraduate financial aid budget. Each year more than 55 percent of Georgetown undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance.

“We expect the need for financial aid will continue to grow, and we are prepared to help,” said O’Donnell. “We are already working with current students and families who are experiencing changing economic circumstances, and we will continue that effort with our incoming class to make sure we provide our undergraduates with financial support that meets their needs.”

The Board of Directors also approved 2010-2011 tuition increases for graduate programs, including those in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as well as the schools of business, law and medicine.