Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The hands raised in the photo above is in response to: raise your hand if you know someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. With 1 in 8 women in the US to develop breast cancer in her lifetime, it is crucial that we do not delay screenings and the care we need. 

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month will look different due to COVID-19. Many of our traditional community initiatives, like Pink Up the Port, and annual events, like Celebrating Survivors Couture for a Cure, have been paused this year – yet it is also more important than ever to stay connected and to support and honor those impacted by cancer.  

Join AJH and the Gerrish Breast Care Center as we encourage people to be proactive and to schedule their annual mammogram, as we stay connected by way of sharing stories from those impacted by cancer, and as we cultivate community through virtual and outdoor events.

Celebrate Survivors 

Though we cannot traditionally gather together, we can draw strength, raise awareness, and encourage action by sharing stories, like . . .

Seanna’s Story. Knowing her family history, Seanna started conversations with her doctors early and had her first mammogram when she was in her mid-30’s. A small change was noticed when Seanna was 47 - breast cancer which was detected through a routine mammogram. Continue reading.

Carol’s Story. Living proof that people can survive long after their cancer journey, Carol, now 84 and a woman of deep faith and conviction, has 20 years of survivorship after she noticed a lump under her armpit. Continue reading.

Joanna's Story. Like so many others, the YWCA Encore program helped form friendships and supportive bonds that helped Joanna build her physical and emotional strength while connecting to a broader network of survivors. Continue reading.


For years, Anna Jaques and the Institution for Savings (IFS) have partnered during Breast Cancer Awareness Month with efforts culminating in the beloved Celebrating Survivors - Couture for a Cure. The impact of COVID-19 has limited our ability to host our traditional event - yet the need to honor those impacted by cancer has never felt more important. 

This year, the IFS invites the community to participate in PAT-Walk for a Cure - a virtual 5K that takes place between Sunday, October 18th and Sunday, October 25th to celebrate the life of Pat Connelly and raise funds for the Gerrish Breast Care Center.  Click here to learn more and register

Don't Wait

COVID-19 has resulted in many people putting off getting their routine mammograms. It’s more important than ever to schedule your annual mammogram and encourage other to get screened – because cancer doesn’t wait. With many infection control and safety measures in place, we are ready to provide the care and screening you need. 

All women are at risk for developing breast cancer, and this risk increases with age. Like many types of cancer, the earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the outcome. Schedule your mammogram at one of our three locations: 

  • Newburyport: 25 Highland Avenue
  • Amesbury: 24 Morrill Place
  • Haverhill: PMA Medical Office Building, One Park Way

Schedule your mammogram today: 978-834-8210

Please note: Due to infection control restrictions, walk-in appointments are not available at this time.

A special thank you to BNY Mellon for supporting efforts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Our community is blessed to have many local resources to find complementary therapies, support and community. AJH has partnered with many of these organizations this October to provide activities free of charge. See full calendar below and click on the image for more details and to register.