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Susan G. Komen Southern Arizona announces 2014-2015 grant recipients

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Recipients for the Susan G. Komen Community Grants have been announced.  Susan G. Komen of Southern Arizona is awarding a total of more than $204,763 to eight Southern Arizona organizations, according to a recent release. 

The grants have been awarded to a variety of organizations that fund mammograms, biopsies, chemotherapy, radiation, navigation, education and survivor support programs for residents in need.  According to the release, the recipients were chosen by an independent Grant Review Committee; more than $5.75 million has been awarded in grants by Susan G. Komen since 1999. 

"We are profoundly thankful to our community for supporting the men and women who seek support with breast health and cancer needs." said Connie Melton, Executive Director, in the release. "Without the passionate involvement and fundraising of our Race for the Cure donors, participants and sponsors, this life-saving community grants program would not be possible." To date, more than 5,000 local participants & volunteers, cash and in-kind sponsors, and at least 2,100 in individual donors have raised $270,000, plus registration fees, for the March 30 Race for the Cure. Race donations are accepted through April 30 for the 2014 Race.

The following organizations have received grants for 2014-2015:

University of Arizona Foundation for the benefit of Arizona Cancer Center - ¡Vida! Educational Series Breast Health Promotion Program.  $9,999 

To provide breast cancer survivors, co-survivors, and health care providers in Southern Arizona culturally competent bilingual in-person trainings, teleconferences, and delayed recorded viewing on the internet. 

 

Arizona Oncology Associates Foundation - Breast Cancer Survivor Programs and Services.  $10,000

To support patients with programs and information about day-to-day living with breast cancer.  Specific support to include transportation vouchers; Integrative Therapies such as massage, reflexology, and acupuncture; Group Movement such as Yoga, Qi Gong and Dancing Tai JI; Chemotherapy and other support groups; Educational Classes; an extensive Resource Library; a Wig and Head Covering Loan Program; Nutrition Information; and Dental Services. 

 

Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc.  - CCHCI's Breast Friends.  $50,000

To provide treatment for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer in Cochise County who have no other resources and to eliminate barriers individuals face in Southeast Arizona to achieving breast health via education and awareness raising.

 

Pima County Health Department  - Bridging the Gap-Screening.  $25,000

To provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to Pima County uninsured and underinsured individuals 40 years of age and older and minority women in rural areas who do not qualify for other services such as Well Woman Healthcheck .

 

St. Elizabeth's Health Center -  St. Elizabeth's Health Center Breast Cancer Treatment Program.  $49,795

To provide surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and related treatment costs for uninsured/underinsured men and women diagnosed with breast cancer who don't qualify for other funding sources.

 

Tucson Medical Center -  TMC Breast Health and Education Program. $25,000

To provide screening mammograms and follow up to low income, uninsured women 40 years of age or older; to increase breast health care through outreach; and to ensure patient access to the continuum of care.

 

Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona - Education and Screening for BRCA 1/2 Mutations and Associated Cancer Risks to Underserved Populations.  $24,969

To provide screening for BRCA ½ Mutations, education on breast cancer risks and genetic counseling for BRCA1/2 gene mutations to under/uninsured urban, rural, and Latina populations at high risk for hereditary breast cancer and to recommend ‘high risk' cancer prevention options for participants and their family members.

 

Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. - "Between Friends/Entre Amigas" Breast Cancer Awareness Program.  $10,000

To establish Breast Cancer Resource Centers in collaboration with Yuma County Library System and to increase access to breast health screenings and treatment services for the uninsured via community based education efforts to enroll women in the Well Woman Healthcheck Program.

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