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EVANSVILLE – The Evansville Tri-State Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded nineteen grants this week totaling $516,810. The 19 grants were made possible by net proceeds raised primarily from the 2012 Komen Evansville Tri-State Race for the Cure, Bowl for the Cure events in Evansville, Owensboro and Henderson and other supporting fundraisers, individual and corporate donations.
Perry County Memorial Hospital was awarded $18,570 for its “Our Turn: A Breast Health Program for Women. This program serves under- and uninsured women living or working in the rural areas of Perry County and Spencer counties in Indiana and Hancock County in Kentucky. Screening mammograms and educational programs will be provided, as well as diagnostic services. Contact Shelly Poole at 547-0248.
The grant recipient programs include breast health education, screening mammograms, diagnostic services and treatment initiatives.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Evansville Tri-State Affiliate is one of 120 affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.
According to Sheila Seiler, executive director of the Evansville Tri-State Affiliate, “Since our first Race for the Cure in 1998, over $6.7 million has been funded locally and over 26,000 women and men here in our community have received life-saving treatment, mammograms or diagnostic services. Without the services we provide, thousands of people would not receive the vital breast health care they need.”
Komen and its affiliates are known globally for their dedication to filling existing gaps in breast health and breast-cancer needs. To make sure they are addressing needs that no one else is meeting in their own service areas, Komen Affiliates work with local medical experts and community leaders to conduct comprehensive community needs assessments. These community profiles are then used to establish local grant application and review processes consistent with Komen’s promise to end breast cancer forever. “One could consider us the tri-states’ only full-service breast health pro-vider. We provide for education programs, mammograms, diagnostic services, treatment and breast cancer support programs.” said Seiler. “Without our help, thousands of women each year would go without their annual mammogram, and this could lead to higher fatality rates from breast cancer. We strive to get every eligible woman in for an annual mammogram, find the cancer early if it’s there and treat it while it’s still 98 percent survivable.”
In addition to the local program awards, the Komen Evansville Tri-State Affiliate has also contributed $150,000 this year to the Komen National Research Grant Program which funds only breast-cancer research.
To learn more about the Evansville Tri-State Affiliate and the many ways to get involved in Komen’s fight against breast cancer, call (812) 962-2202 or send e-mail to info@komenevans ville.org.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement.
Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.
Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, more than $2 billion has been invested to fulfill the promise, making it the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www. komen.org or call (877) GO KOMEN.