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BRMC Receives Komen Hickingbotham Award for Service

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BRMC Receives Komen Hickingbotham Award for Service

The Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen recently handed out 21 grants totaling $917,526 to Arkansas organizations and awarded its highest honor, the Hickingbotham Award for Service, to Baxter Regional Medical Center.

"We are always proud of the opportunity to help the women in our state with our grants,” said Arkansas Affiliate Executive Director Sherrye McBryde. “Our grants are a direct result of 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 women of Arkansas get the vital breast health services they need. Additionally, $265,000 has been used for breast cancer research to help find the cure.”

BRMC has provided mobile mammography to North Central Arkansas since 2001. The Mobile Mammography Unit (MMU) has traveled to factories, businesses, schools and places of worship to reach women who would not otherwise have received their mammogram. The MMU is on the road almost every day, seeing an average of 2700 patients annually. In a show of future commitment to our community, in 2012 BRMC purchased a new MMU outfitted with 3D Tomosynthesis Imaging; making Baxter Regional the first MMU in the United States to provide this cutting edge technology. As a result of this innovative approach, BRMC was invited to bring the MMU to Capitol Hill for viewing by Congress and New York City to be part of ringing the bell for the NASDAQ.

BRMC is thrilled to have received this honor, named for businessman Frank Hickingbotham and his family who were founding sponsors of the Arkansas Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

BRMC was also awarded a 2015 grant of $82,240 for the Mobile Mammography Unit program. This year marks the 21st year for the Komen organization to award grants to programs around the state who are working in the fight against breast cancer. The Komen Arkansas Affiliate first awarded grants totaling $78,700 in 1994. This year the largest grant totaled $159,501 and the smallest awarded was $8,955.

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 world'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.

Pictured: Sherrye McBryde, Komen Arkansas Affiliate Executive Director; Herren Hickingbotham; Ron Peterson, BRMC President and CEO; Cindy Costa, Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation Director of Development and Barney Larry, Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation Executive Director and BRMC VP/Business Development, with the Hickingbotham Award for Service.

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