Susan G. Komen® Great Plains announces 2018-2019 community programs for Nebraska and South Dakota

Susan G. Komen® Great Plains is pleased to announce the availability of ten community programs that will provide hundreds of medically underserved women and men with breast health education, breast cancer screenings and various types of support over the next year.

The programs were selected for funding through a competitive application and independent review process. Organizations in Nebraska and South Dakota will offer programs that reach the most vulnerable populations in the region, including rural, underinsured, and uninsured men and women. These programs help to ensure anyone can access life-saving services that can lead to early detection of breast cancer.

Komen Great Plains is introducing a new Treatment Assistance Program for individuals in Nebraska and South Dakota to help eligible breast cancer patients cover costs associated with treatment. Altogether, the ten community programs represent $414,363 from supporting donors. More information on all community programs is available at www.komengreatplains.org

“Hundreds of families will be touched through these programs thanks to the generosity of Komen Great Plains donors,” said Kelly Carlson, Komen Great Plains board member and director of Sanford Oncology in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. “We see women every day who have to travel great distances for several weeks as part of their breast cancer treatment plans. Support provided helps to ensure the best chance for patients to complete treatment for optimal patient outcomes.”

2018-2019 Community Programs

  • Blue Valley Community Action Partnership-$22,642 (Fairbury, Neb)
    Breast health education in nine counties in southeast Nebraska as part of its Bridge to Care program.
  • Chadron Community Hospital – $29,200 (Chadron, Neb) to offer short-term financial help to current breast cancer patients in western Nebraska as part of its Circle of Light program.
  • Charles Drew Health Center – $46,360 (Omaha, Neb) to provide breast health outreach and education to at-risk populations in the Omaha metro area.
  • John T Vucurevich Regional Cancer Care Institute – $29,806 (Rapid City, S.D.) to support rural and medically underserved women with travel assistance and survivorship programs in and around Rapid City, South Dakota.
  • Komen® Great Plains Treatment Assistance Program $25,000 (Nebraska and South Dakota, statewide) will help eligible breast cancer patients cover select costs associated with treatment.
  • OneWorld Community Health Centers – $75,000 (Omaha, Neb.) to provide breast health education and screenings for low-income, underinsured or uninsured women.
  • Perkins County Health Services Foundation – $17,765 (Grant, Neb.) to provide breast health education and transportation support for women in southwest Nebraska.
  • South Dakota Department of Health – All Women Count! – $50,130 (South Dakota, statewide) to provide free or low-cost mammograms for uninsured and under-insured women.
  • Visiting Nurse Association – $85,000 (Nebraska, statewide) to offer short-term financial help and patient navigation services to current breast cancer patients as part of its Breast Cancer Assistance Program.
  • West Central District Health Department – $33,460 (North Platte, Neb.) to provide breast health education and screenings for low-income women in western Nebraska.

Seventy-five percent of net revenue from the Komen Great Plains Race for the Cure® events and other events throughout the year are dedicated to funding community health programs. Remaining proceeds fund groundbreaking global research to find the cures.

About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Great Plains

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Great Plains is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like Race for the Cure®, Komen Great Plains has invested more than $8 million in community breast health programs in Nebraska and the Dakotas and has helped contribute to the more than $956 million invested globally in researchFor more information, call 402-502-2979 (Omaha office) or call 605-271-1751 (Sioux Falls office) or visit www.komengreatplains.org