New York City, NY – Volkswagen employees and dealers have teamed up with Pennsylvania-based non-profit Unite for HER to launch a new program to support breast and ovarian cancer patients in underserved areas. Volkswagen dealerships in the northeast raised more than $53,000 to support the national expansion of Unite for HER, enabling the nonprofit organization to establish a new outreach program at Weill Cornell Medicine. This unique collaboration focuses on supporting patients in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, with integrative therapies at no personal cost.
“Our focus with this expansion is to prioritize and provide critical access to integrative therapies to Black women,” said Susan Weldon, founder and CEO of Unite for HER. “We have seen how these therapies transform patients’ lives through our work in the Philadelphia region, and selected Weill Cornell Medicine as our new collaborator in this initiative. Knowing that the risk of developing metastatic breast cancer is higher for black women than white women, we hope to become a trusted resource to help resolve the health inequities in communities throughout the country.”
“We were inspired to give back upon learning about how this program supported our colleague, Stacie Crane,” said Blake Martini, director of sales operations at Volkswagen of America, Northeast Region.
Unite for HER provides breast and ovarian cancer patients with $2,000 of integrative therapies, resources, and education, for a full year at no personal cost. Metastatic patients receive $2,000 of services, renewed biannually, for life. All services are funded by UFH and delivered by the organization’s network of medical and wellness professionals.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the height of the pandemic and was introduced to Unite for HER through my hospital,” said Stacie Crane, sales operations manager at Volkswagen of America, Northeast Region. “They offered an amazing care box with all sorts of educational literature and resources and provided integrative therapies at no cost to me. Their wellness program has been lifesaving. I can think of many charities that fund research for breast and ovarian cancer, but only Unite for HER truly supports you during your journey.”
The Unite for HER Wellness Program at Weill Cornell Medicine launches with a virtual wellness conference on June 25, 2021.
Enrollment for the Unite for HER Wellness Program is now open. To learn more and apply for services, visit www.uniteforher.org/applyusa.
About Unite for HER
Founded in 2009 in the Philadelphia region, UFH provides integrative therapies and resources to breast and ovarian cancer patients at no personal cost. The UFH Wellness Program is funded by generous partnerships with hospitals, and corporate and private donors. To learn more, visit www.uniteforher.org.