Susan G. Komen® Great Plains awards $561,347 in breast health grants

Susan G. Komen® Great Plains awards $561,347 in breast health grants

OMAHA, Neb. & SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (April 5, 2017) — Susan G. Komen® Great Plains is pleased to announce it will grant $561,347 in breast health programs that will provide hundreds of women and men with breast health screenings, diagnostic testing and assistance throughout the next year.

Eleven 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 education and services that can lead to early detection of breast cancer.

Funds granted this year were raised through the efforts of many Komen® Great Plains local supporters and sponsors. “Our ability to help fight breast cancer in our community is a direct reflection of our committed supporters,” said Karen Daneu, chief executive officer, Komen Great Plains. “We could not fund these lifesaving programs without the strong support and commitment we receive from individuals and businesses.”

The programs were selected for funding through a competitive application and independent review process. For more information on Komen Great Plains community grantees, click here.

A Time to Heal – $13,755 (Nebraska, statewide) to develop informational health videos for Spanish-speaking breast cancer survivors.

Chadron Community Hospital – $18,000 (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 – $84,975 (Omaha, Neb) to provide breast health outreach and education to at-risk populations.

Custer Health – $23,961 (Standing Rock Reservation, South Dakota) to provide education and mobile mammography for American Indian women living in the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Gundersen Medical Foundation – $38,701 (Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota) to provide education and mobile mammography for American Indian women living in the Pine Ridge Reservation.

John T Vucurevich Regional Cancer Care Institute – $26,305 (Western South Dakota) to support rural and medically underserved women with travel assistance and survivorship programs.

OneWorld Community Health Centers – $100,000 (Omaha, Neb.) to provide breast health education and screenings for low-income, underinsured or uninsured women.

South Dakota Department of Health – All Women Count! – $59,800 (South Dakota, statewide) to provide free or low-cost mammograms for uninsured and under-insured women.

Three Rivers Public Health Department – $55,250 (Fremont, Neb.) to educate women about breast health and provide screenings to the medically underserved in Saunders County.

Visiting Nurse Association – $85,000 (Nebraska, statewide) to continue its Breast Cancer Assistance Program that helps ease the financial burden of a breast cancer diagnosis for current patients by alleviating immediate financial needs.

West Central District Health Department – $55,600 (Central Nebraska) to provide education, clinical breast exams and free/reduced cost mammograms for low-income women.

Seventy-five percent of net revenue from the Komen Great Plains Race for the Cure® events in Omaha, Neb. and Sioux Falls, S.D. and other events throughout the year are dedicated to funding community health programs. Remaining proceeds fund groundbreaking 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 $8 million in community breast health programs in Nebraska and the Dakotas and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in researchFor more information, call 402-502-2979 or visit