The Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation was set up by Dr. Polly Cheung in March 2005 as a non-profit charitable organisation dedicated to eliminating the threat of breast cancer to the local community through education, support, research and advocacy. Breast cancer is an often deadly illness which affects women from all walks of life, with Jewish women particularly vulnerable to this illness due to genetic reasons.
The JWA and the HKBCF have worked together since 2012. This year the JWA will endeavour to strengthen this partnership by providing assistance to lower income women who are facing breast cancer. We feel strongly that, as Jewish women, we should support women from the local community though this terrible illness.
On February 24th 2014, Ana Scherer and Yael Bronner met the vice chairman of the association, Mary Hemrajani, to discuss ongoing projects. For the second year running, the JWA will provide funding for a nurse to give counselling to women who seek advice about medical concerns relating to breast health. This nurse assesses whether the patient needs further medical checks such as mammograms and/or ultrasound. The patient is then referred for further investigations and treatment if necessary. She also conducts educational sessions on early detection and prevention. The cost of this project is USD 25,800 (HKD 200,000). In 2013-2014 alone, the JWA supported 4100 women from a lower socioeconomic background in Hong Kong through this project.