AMMC Receives Grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Arkansas Affiliate recently handed out 21 grants totaling almost $1.2 million to organizations in the state of Arkansas. Arkansas Methodist Medical Center was awarded a grant of $13,595 for its program, Project Hope. Project Hope is a women’s healthcare initiative that provides mammograms for women with no insurance or other means to pay, but are at risk for breast cancer.
This year marks the 17th for the Komen organization to award grants to programs around the state who are working in the fight against breast cancer. A total of $1,195,759 was granted.
"There are now 2,500,000 breast cancer survivors," said Arkansas Affiliate Executive Director Sherrye McBryde. "That is more survivors than all other cancers combined. This fact is a reflection of a five-year survival rate of 98% when breast cancer is caught at Stage 1 while still contained in the breast. New understandings that breast cancer is really many different diseases with new treatments funded by Komen breast cancer research are reasons for this good news."
The Komen Arkansas Affiliate first awarded grants totaling $78,700 in 1994. This year the largest grant totaled $268,028, and the smallest was $5,245.
"We are very fortunate in Arkansas to have the support of so many for Race for the Cure," McBryde said. "The efforts of our race participants, volunteers, and sponsors allow us to provide funding to our outstanding grantees. They enable us to work toward fulfilling our promise to end breast cancer forever. While we are delighted with this year’s results, many worthy programs go unfunded. Our goal for 2011 is to raise more funds to assist event more women throughout the state."
"Our grants have become more crucial than ever," said McBryde. "The BreastCare program administered through the Department of Health in the past has covered 14,000 women with free mammograms. It will provide only 8,000 this year, over 1,600 fewer than last year. Our grant money is often the only source for the women being turned away by BreastCare."
Komen for the Cure was established as the Komen Foundation in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Thanks to more than 75,000 volunteers dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, Komen for the Cure with its Affiliate Network is the world’s largest private funder of community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and donors, Komen for the Cure has raised over one billion dollars for the fight against breast cancer.