Komen Central Georgia Awards Over $160,000 to Five Local Breast Health Programs and National Research to Find Cures for Breast Cancer

Komen Central Georgia Awards Over $160,000 to Five Local Breast Health Programs and National Research to Find Cures for Breast Cancer

$117,025 Funds Local Breast Health Screening, Treatment, Outreach, Education, Support Services; Over $50,000 Underwrites National Peer-Reviewed Research Programs

April 3, 2015, Macon, GA — Susan G. Komen Central Georgia is awarding $117,025 in local grants, to help save the lives of medically underserved local women, men and families. The five grantees provide breast health screening, treatment, outreach, education, and support services to uninsured, underinsured, and ethnic minority residents in Komen Central Georgia’s eight county service area. In addition, Komen Central Georgia is investing more than $50,000 in peer-reviewed national research programs to find the cures for breast cancer.

This year’s grantees include Breast Care Center Navicent Health, First Choice Primary Care, Houston Healthcare, Macon Volunteer Clinic, and Wellness Center Navicent Health.

“Komen Central Georgia is extremely proud of our unique contribution to Central Georgia’s many and varied communities. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are ensuring local individuals can gain access to vital breast health services they deserve,” said Jill Vanderhoek, Komen Central Georgia Executive Director.

“For 16 years, we have been in the forefront of funding greatly needed community-based programs for our neighbors who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Komen Central Georgia is here, working through our extraordinary community partners, to make sure everyone gets the care they need,” said Vanderhoek.

Komen Central Georgia’s diverse, volunteer review panel of community members with a personal or professional interest in improving the quality of breast health services judiciously reviewed all of the submitted applications to rank them based on their merit. All five grant applications met the Affiliate’s criteria and were funded through the Community Grants Program.

“These grants emphasize our priorities and focus on early detection and treatment access, health care disparities initiatives, and supporting breast cancer survivors,” said Rachel Hollar, Komen Central Georgia Affiliate Coordinator. “While we are proud of how far we’ve come, we have so much more to accomplish.”

The majority of local funding is generated through the Komen Central Georgia Race for the Cure, which is scheduled for Sept. 26 at Mercer University. Registration opens May 10 at www.komencentralga.org. Last year, the Race for the Cure raised nearly $200,000 to help underserved populations access necessary breast health care and fund cutting-edge research.

Here you will find the full list of programs that received our grants for 2015-2016.