Susan G. Komen for the Cure Arkansas Affiliate recently handed out 20 grants
totaling over $1.1 million to Arkansas organizations.
Cindy Costa, Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation Director of Development,
was on hand to accept a grant of $88,000 for the Baxter Regional Medical
Center Mobile Mammography Unit from Marsha Oliver, Komen Grant Chair.
Since 2001, the MMU has began traveling throughout North Central Arkansas
to provide mammography and bone densitometry testing to an underserved,
outlying rural population. In 2012, the original MMU was replaced with
a state-of-the-art unit, which is currently the only one in the United
States that has 3-D digital mammography technology on board.
This year marks the 19th for the Komen organization to award grants to
programs around the state who are working in the fight against breast
cancer. These funds are predominantly raised through the Race for the
Cureandreg;. A total of $1,104,947 was granted.
andldquo;We are delighted by the amount we were able to issue in grants
this year,” said Arkansas Affiliate Executive Director Sherrye McBryde.
“It is directly due to the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity
of our supporters. The recipients of these funds were chosen because they
reflect the commitment of the Arkansas Affiliate to assure the uninsured
and under-served women of Arkansas get the vital breast health services
they need. Additionally, $427,000 has been used for breast cancer research
to help find the cure.”
The Komen Arkansas Affiliate first awarded grants totaling $78,700 in
1994. This year the largest grant totaled $145,350 and the smallest was $4,725.
'We are so pleased to be able to raise almost 1.2 million dollars
that will have a direct impact on the women and men of Arkansas fighting
breast cancer,” says Komen Arkansas Board Chair Ellen Kreth. “Whether
they fight for someone they love, or fight for themselves, or for their
mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or children, we join them in their efforts
to eradicate this disease. We worked hard to earn this money and we are
so proud to distribute to such trustworthy, valuable, impactful programs.
Our fight continues until a cure is found."
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 worldandrsquo;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.