Komen Central Georgia Awards Just Under $170,000 to Four Local Breast Health Programs and National Research to Find Cures for Breast Cancer

Komen Central Georgia Awards Just Under 170,000 to Four Local Breast Health Programs and National Research to Find Cures for Breast Cancer

$122,590 Funds Local Breast Health Screening, Treatment, Outreach, Education, Support Services; Just over $45,000 Underwrites National Peer-Reviewed Research Programs

March 15, 2017, Macon, GA — Susan G. Komen Central Georgia is awarding $122,590 in local grants, to help save the lives of medically underserved local women, men and families. The four 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 just over $45,000 in peer- reviewed national research programs to find the cures for breast cancer.

This year’s grantees include the Breast Care Center Navicent Health, First Choice Primary Care, Houston Healthcare, and Wellness Center Navicent Health. A full list of grantee programs follows this release.

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 four 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 within our service area,” said Mollie Russell, 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 early October at Mercer University this year. 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.

About Susan G. Komen Central Georgia

Susan G. Komen Central Georgia was founded in 1999 and held its first Race for the Cure in 2000. The Affiliate’s eight county service area includes Baldwin, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Macon-Bibb, Monroe, Peach, and Twiggs counties. Through annual events, including the Race for the Cure, and individual contributions, the Affiliate has invested over $1.9 million in breast health programs and donated over $725,000 towards national research programs. 75 percent of the net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women and men. The remaining 25 percent supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world. For more information, visit www.komencentralga.org or email info@komencentralga.org. Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/komencentralgeorgia and Twitter @komencentralga.

About Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded over $847 million in research and provided $1.8 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.