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

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

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

Thegrants have been awarded to a variety of organizations that fund mammograms,biopsies, chemotherapy, radiation, navigation, education and survivor supportprograms for residents in need.  Accordingto the release, the recipients were chosen by an independent Grant ReviewCommittee; more than $5.75 million has been awarded in grants by Susan G. Komensince 1999. 

"Weare profoundly thankful to our community for supporting the men and women whoseek support with breast health and cancer needs." said Connie Melton,Executive Director, in the release. "Without the passionate involvement andfundraising of our Race for the Cure donors, participants and sponsors, this life-savingcommunity grants program would not be possible." To date, more than 5,000 localparticipants & volunteers, cash and in-kind sponsors, and at least 2,100 inindividual donors have raised $270,000, plus registration fees, for the March30 Race for the Cure. Race donations are accepted through April 30 for the 2014Race.

Thefollowing organizations have received grants for 2014-2015:

Universityof 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 healthcare providers in Southern Arizona culturally competent bilingual in-persontrainings, teleconferences, and delayed recorded viewing on the internet. 

ArizonaOncology Associates Foundation - BreastCancer Survivor Programs and Services. $10,000

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

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

Toprovide treatment for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer in CochiseCounty who have no other resources and to eliminate barriers individuals facein Southeast Arizona to achieving breast health via education and awarenessraising.

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

Toprovide breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to Pima Countyuninsured and underinsured individuals 40 years of age and older and minoritywomen in rural areas who do not qualify for other services such as Well WomanHealthcheck .

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

Toprovide surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and related treatment costs foruninsured/underinsured men and women diagnosed with breast cancer who don'tqualify for other funding sources.

TucsonMedical Center -  TMCBreast Health and Education Program.$25,000

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

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

Toprovide screening for BRCA ½ Mutations, education on breast cancer risks andgenetic counseling for BRCA1/2 gene mutations to under/uninsured urban, rural,and Latina populations at high risk for hereditary breast cancer and torecommend ‘high risk' cancer prevention options for participants and theirfamily members.

RegionalCenter for Border Health, Inc. - "BetweenFriends/Entre Amigas" Breast Cancer Awareness Program.  $10,000

Toestablish Breast Cancer Resource Centers in collaboration with Yuma CountyLibrary System and to increase access to breast health screenings and treatmentservices for the uninsured via community based education efforts to enrollwomen in the Well Woman Healthcheck Program.

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