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Susan G. Komen foundation gets huge donation in Tucson

TUCSON (Tucson News Now) - The local branch of the Susan K. Komen Foundation just got a big donation to help women fight breast cancer.

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees made a $100,910 donation to the foundation on Wednesday.  The funds come from the NCASEF's 38th Annual Convention and Trade Show in July in Las Vegas, where live and silent auctions were held, as well as a charity raffle.

MariaMaken, a 53-year-old woman diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, is a recipient of a Komen Southern Arizona grant through St. Elizabeth's HealthCenter.  Maria, a mother of two, is receiving ongoing chemotherapy. Her treatment, medications and a mastectomy were covered by her health insurance when she was diagnosed three years ago. Six months ago, when she lost her job, Maria turned to St. Elizabeth's for help.

"I didn't qualify for Medicaid, and I couldn't afford to continue chemotherapy treatment after I was laid off.  Susan G. Komen funds are critical to me and so many other women who don't have any other way to pay for life giving treatment," Maria said.

Komen says the donation marks a fitting end to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Donations are accepted year round at www.komensaz.org

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