A Letter From Melissa White-McMahon, Director of YWCA Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center
My name is Melissa White-McMahon; two weeks prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was promoted the YWCA of Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center’s (BCRC) Director. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as of April 1st the BCRC staff was temporarily laid off and the in-person programs were suspended.
I am excited to be writing to you all today to announce that I have been hired back full time as the Director of the BCRC once again. I come into the Director’s position as a certified Patient Navigator with 15 years of non-profit healthcare experience. I worked for 2 other large non-profit health organizations working directly with the disabled community and with cancer survivors. Being a young widow and a cancer survivor myself, I am especially interested in providing a place where women and their families can find comfort and support during and after a trauma such as a cancer diagnosis.
The work that the BCRC has done in the past has been at times groundbreaking and absolutely inspiring. The ground work laid before me by Ginny Hendrickson, Marie Matthews and Jane Rodney is and will always be the foundation of the BCRC. Without their vision and dedication to supporting women going through a breast cancer diagnosis, thousands of women in the community would not have had the knowledge about cancer detection and prevention methods. Over the years, we have provided access to free services such as head shavings, wigs, bras/ breast prosthesis, healing arts, fitness for survivors, financial support, one-on-one counseling and group counseling.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, early studies are showing that cancer screening percentages are down at an alarming rate. The services at the BCRC are going to be needed now more than ever. Virtual outreaches and educational programs, support groups, transportation and personal cancer navigation services are going to be essential to women, especially those from socially disadvantaged racial, ethnic and the elderly communities. Along with supporting the YWCA of Princeton’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women, as Director of the BCRC I will continue to cultivate and grow the BCRC’s cancer support programs in order to educate and empower all women to be and stay healthy.
Melissa K. White-McMahon
If you or someone you know is in need of support services for breast cancer or might need resources for a cancer screening or mammogram, please contact Melissa White-McMahon: