The breast cancer mortality rate in the Mahoning Valley is among the highest in the nation. 100% of proceeds from Panerathon go directly to the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley to support the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center (JACBCC) at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. The JACBCC delivers the most accurate prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and support services in an environment of compassionate and coordinated care.
ABOUT THE JACBCC
Joanie Abdu was a nurse at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for more than 20 years. She loved taking care of her patients, and they loved her. Everyone loved Joanie, most of all, her husband, Rashid Abdu M.D. When she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer her husband was sure they could fight the disease together and beat it. They traveled to other states to find the best technology. Unfortunately, Joanie lost her battle with the disease and passed away June 2, 1994 – 15 months from her initial diagnosis. Before she died, her husband promised her he would create a world class breast care center in her honor, so others wouldn’t have to travel all over for the best care. In 2011 the doors to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center opened. Since then, thousands of women have been cared for at the facility. It has won attention and awards locally, regionally, and nationally.