A smiling Latina woman in a pink top positions equipment for a mammogram on a brunette woman wearing a hospital gown

Marissa M. Howard-McNatt, MDEarly detection of breast cancer matters. Routine mammography truly saves lives, but all too often women and men in our community postpone or forego this important screening for financial reasons. According to Marissa Howard-McNatt, MD, director of the Breast Care Center and Associate Professor of Surgery, last year, Wake Forest Baptist Health performed almost 50,000 screening mammograms in locations throughout our region. Approximately 380 of those screenings were performed for free. The need for free or reduced-cost mammograms is far greater than we can currently provide. As a leader in the Breast Cancer Program at Wake Forest Baptist Health and a specially-trained breast surgeon, Dr. Howard-McNatt knows that we need to provide more free mammograms to ensure that we diagnose breast cancer in our most underserved populations earlier. 

In an effort to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and help meet this tremendous need to make mammograms available to patients in our community regardless of their ability to pay, we invite you to support the Breast Care Center Patient Support Fund. A special patient of Dr. Howard-McNatt’s and two-time breast cancer survivor has offered to match contributions to this initiative up to $10,000. Your gift to this important breast cancer prevention and detection service for our community will essentially be doubled and go that much further in our mission to diagnose breast cancer earlier and save more lives. Every dollar counts. 

To make a gift online, please visit WakeHealth.edu/give and select the Breast Care Center Patient Support Fund from the list of options in the drop-down menu. To send a contribution by mail, please send a check or money order with the fund name in the memo line made payable to WFBH to:

Philanthropy and Alumni Relations
PO Box 571021
Winston-Salem, NC  27157 

Thank you in advance for considering a contribution to the Breast Care Center Patient Support Fund, which will bring healthcare and hope to patients in our community.