Current grant recipients. 

Susan G. Komen® Great Plains is the local source for breast health information. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, each year, Komen Great Plains funds breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness across the state.  This year, Komen Great Plains is investing funds in education, diagnosis, treatment and support programs that serve uninsured or underinsured women. In addition, Komen Great Plains committed additional funding to global breast cancer research in the last year.  During its 22-year history, Komen Great Plains has granted more than $8 million in grants and invested another $3 million in research and engagement.

Blue Valley Community Action Partnership:  Bridge to Care – $22,642

Blue Valley will provide breast health education to low-income and Hispanic populations in Crete, Nebraska through one-on-one and small group sessions with existing clients and community members. The goal is to bridge language and other barriers to educate 200 individuals.
Contact: Shari Wurtz-Miller, 402-729-2278

Chadron Community Hospital: Circle of Light – $29,200 

The Circle of Light program provides short-term financial help and aims to decrease monetary barriers that hinder patients from getting and complying with effective treatment in western Nebraska where a patient may need to travel more than 150 miles to a medical facility. Patients may receive financial help related to medical, living or travel expenses during breast cancer treatment.
Contact: Jodi Dannar, 308-432-5586

Charles Drew Health Center: Breast Cancer Screening Initiative – $46,360 

Charles Drew provides breast health outreach and education to at-risk populations in eastern Nebraska, including African American women who have a higher late-stage diagnostic rate for breast cancer. Additionally, the program helps to ensure at-risk women receive a breast health screening, culturally appropriate materials, help with transportation costs, and the appropriate follow up care.
Contact: Ann Smolsky, 402-810-9788

John T. Vucurevich Regional Cancer Care Institute: Healing Pathways – $29,806

The Healing Pathways program supports rural and medically underserved breast cancer patients in South Dakota with education, short-term financial help for travel costs or living expenses during treatment, and expanded survivorship services.
Contact: Beth Draeger, Patient Navigator, 605-755-2625

Komen Great Plains Treatment Assistance Program – $25,000

This new offering provides financial assistance for breast cancer patients in Nebraska or South Dakota with incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty line. The program covers limited costs associated with breast cancer treatment such as oral pain medication, anti-nausea medication, oral chemotherapy/hormone therapy, child care/elder care, home care, transportation, lymphedema care and supplies, and durable medical equipment.
Contact: 1-877 GO KOMEN (465-6636) or email
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OneWorId Community Health Centers: Screening and Treatment – $75,000

OneWorld aims to provide 1,900 clinical breast exams and 200 screening mammograms for low-income women in Nebraska with a special focus on Hispanic women. These grant funds will provide health care services to women who may otherwise go without due to their inability to pay or navigate the healthcare system.
Contact: Services 402-734-4110

Perkins County Health Services Foundation: Pay It Forward Project – $17,765

This project will provide breast health education, clinical breast exams, mammograms and select diagnostic services to eligible women in Lincoln, Perkins, Chase and Keith counties in Nebraska. Contact: Adair Reese, 308-352-7285

South Dakota Department of Health: All Women Count –  $50,130

The purpose of the All Women Count Program is to promote breast and cervical cancer screenings to age and income eligible women in South Dakota. Through this grant, the program will continue to fund breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to uninsured and underinsured women ages 30-49.
Contact: 1-800-738-2301

Visiting Nurse Association: Breast Cancer Assistance Program – $85,000 

The Breast Cancer Assistance Program seeks to ease the financial hardships involved in a breast cancer diagnosis by alleviating immediate financial needs, providing emotional support, and connecting patients with community resources. This grant will allow 150 patients from across Nebraska to receive psychosocial help and provide short-term financial assistance to 40 breast cancer patients.
Contact: Stephanie Sass, 402-930-4118

West Central District Health Department: Screening and Treatment – $33,460

The program aims to educate women in a six-county service area in Nebraska on the importance of early detection of breast cancer. The program also will provide 100 clinical breast exams and 50 free or reduced cost mammograms to women ages 40 and over or those under 40 years with risk factors who meet income guidelines.
Contact: Shannon Vanderheiden, 308-696-1201