Susan G. Komen Great Plains Announces Week of Giving to Help Breast Cancer Patients

OMAHA, Neb. (April 15, 2020) Susan G. Komen® Great Plains today announced the launch of Komen Cares Week – an online giving campaign that will run April 22 to April 28 to allow individuals and companies to provide financial assistance for breast cancer patients in need. The campaign will support the unique needs of people facing breast cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising unemployment, mandatory stay at home orders, and an overburdened health care system is causing a perfect storm for breast cancer patients who have questions or need care.

“Patients weakened immune systems put them at greater risk for COVID-19, and this risk coupled with lost income, reduced access to treatment and medical care, and additional financial strain is overwhelming for many,” said Kristin Hunter, executive director, Susan G. Komen Great Plains. “Our work has never been more important, but the impact of COVID-19 makes it critically urgent.”

Donors to the Komen Cares Week campaign will ensure breast cancer patients who need urgent financial help during this crisis can access it. Funds will be distributed to Nebraska and South Dakota patients to provide:

  • Financial assistance for cost of living expenses such as rent, utility payments and groceries,
  • Transportation assistance for patients driving back and forth to treatments over the span of weeks,
  • And treatment assistance to help cover the costs of medication.

Special thank you to Signature Performance — presenting sponsor for Komen Cares Week. Individuals and companies interested in supporting breast cancer patients during this health crisis are encouraged to donate at komengreatplains.org or by texting Komen to 243725.

For people looking for support during breast cancer treatment, Komen’s Breast Care Helpline can provide information, social support and help with coping strategies related to anxiety or concerns during these uncertain times. Calls to the helpline are answered by a trained and caring staff member in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. CT.  Individuals can reach the helpline by phone at 1-877-GO-KOMEN (465-6636), or by email at helpline@komen.org

About Susan G. Komen® Great Plains

Komen® Great Plains is helping fuel research, advocate for patients and support people facing breast cancer locally through a variety of direct patient-centered services and by collaborating with area providers to remove barriers and connect people to needed care in Nebraska and South Dakota. Since 1994, Komen Great Plains has invested $9 million for programs in its service area and has helped contribute to the more than $1 billion invested globally in breast cancer research. For more information, call 402-502-2979 or 605-271-1751 or visit komengreatplains.org. Komen Great Plains is an affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen® is the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen has an unmatched, comprehensive 360-degree approach to fighting this disease across all fronts and supporting millions of people in the U.S. and in countries worldwide.  We advocate for patients, drive research breakthroughs, improve access to high-quality care, offer direct patient support and empower people with trustworthy information.  Born out of a promise between two sisters, Susan G. Komen remains committed to supporting those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures.