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Verbena to benefit from Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation grant
Verbena to benefit from Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation grant
Puget Sound Komen affiliate awarded more than $1.2 Million to 22 local breast cancer programs in Western Washington

The Puget Sound Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation announced that it awarded $1,260,510 to 22 Western Washington breast health programs working to advance breast health services for Western Washington residents. Funds awarded through Komen's 2006 Affiliate Grant Awards Program will specifically help these organizations deliver life-saving education, screening and treatment services to underserved populations. The grants were announced during Komen's Annual Meeting at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.

"We know we're making a difference in our community by helping these worthy organizations deliver programs that educate medically underserved women about breast cancer, as well as reduce the barriers for women to access life-saving breast cancer screening and treatment," said Cherie Skager, director of grants and education for Komen.

Servicing 16 Western Washington communities from Wahkiakum to Whatcom County, Komen's Puget Sound grant recipient program aims to encourage eligible Western Washington healthcare institutions and community-based organizations to develop breast cancer projects that educate and provide breast-health services to low-income and ethnically diverse women of the region.

As a recent example of Komen's impact on underserved women, the Makah Indian Tribe received a certificate of achievement from the Portland Area Indian Health Service for the Highest Percentage of Female Patients Who Have Received a Mammogram. Through a 2005 Komen grant, Family Planning of Clallam County (FPCC) brought mobile mammography to the Makahs as part of a project providing breast health education and screening to local tribes around the Olympic Peninsula. "Komen funds directly eroded access barriers in rural communities to obtain mammography," said Cherie Reeves Sparr, FPCC Director of Programs and Operations. "Komen allowed FPCC to provide private, culturally respective care in the Makah community, including transportation and child care. We could not have done this without the Komen Foundation."

The 2006 grant program is funded by the Puget Sound Komen Affiliate's largest fundraising event, the Komen Seattle Race for the CureĀ®, as well as the Seattle Hotel Association's Evening of Hope Gala, the Tacoma Lunch for the Cure and other private giving activities. The recipients of Komen's 2006 Affiliate Grant Awards Program are:

o Department of Health, "Komen Screening Fund" will provide funds for breast health screening and diagnostic services through the Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program (WBSHP) for low-income and uninsured women living in Western Washington.

o South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency, "Komen Screening Fund- Native Women's Wellness Program" This program will provide 255 screening mammograms to low-income women of the five tribal communities who are not eligible for other no-cost screening services, as well as diagnostic services for the women who need additional follow-up and care.

o Family Planning of Clallam County, "Honoring Women's Health Project" The project will provide breast health services, education, and outreach across the Olympic Peninsula. It will reach low-income, rural medically-underserved, Latina, American Indian and/or sexual minority women with breast health information and access to care.

o International Community Health Services, "Asian and Pacific Islander Breast Health Access Project" This project will promote breast health and breast cancer awareness among low-income, limited English-proficient Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Korean women in Seattle and King County through culturally-appropriate education, outreach and screening activities.

o Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, "The Pink Paddle Project" American Indian women living around or on the Lower Elwha Klallam land will have access to a support system for new breast cancer patients as well as patient navigation into breast cancer education and screening programs. This breast health and breast cancer outreach initiative was developed specifically within a framework of Northwest Native culture and will incorporate paddle carving into the process.

o Positive Women's Network, "For Women Only" This project provides breast health education, outreach and coordination of mobile screenings to low-income, rural, Latina, American Indian, and sexual minority women living in Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties.

o Public Health - Seattle King County, "Access to Breast Health Screening for Latina Women in Seattle and South King County" This project will provide breast health education and referral for mammography and clinical breast exams for Latinas, ages 40-64, in selected sites in Seattle and South King County. The program will increase the number of Latinas who understand the importance of breast health screening and obtain breast cancer screening.

o Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Center, "Neighborhood Health Project" This project will work to increase the breast health knowledge and mammography screening rates for the low-income female patients who receive care through the seven PSNHC medical clinics. PSNHC will also collaborate with an estimated 25 community partner organizations to increase community knowledge about breast cancer and early detection of the disease.

o Senior Service of King County, "Breast Health Education and Screening Project" Senior Service will provide community outreach and education to older women on the importance of breast cancer screening with an emphasis on African American women.

o South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency, "Native Women's Wellness Program" SPIPA along with its member Tribes, Chehalis, Nisqually, Skokomish, Shoalwater Bay and Squaxin Island, has worked diligently to increase breast health and cancer awareness among tribal communities. This project will provide breast cancer outreach and education to over 2,000 Native American women.

o Verbena, "Western Washington LBT Breast Health Project" This project will provide culturally appropriate health education to Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered women in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Clallam and Kitsap Counties. The project will use culturally specific educational materials and conduct education in venues, and among social networks, specific to Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered women.

o YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County, "Bridges-African American Mobile Screening Initiative" This project will provide culturally appropriate outreach and breast health education to 2,500 women and linkage to screening and mammography through either mobile screening events in Seattle and King County.

o The Breast Cancer Resource Center, "Outreach, Education and Treatment Support" This project will fund a variety of services to breast cancer patients living in the Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston, and South King County areas, including: a client services coordinator to help breast cancer patients connect with needed services; outreach and education; a therapeutic support group; a resource closet with wigs, prostheses and bras; information packets for newly diagnosed patients.

o Cancer Lifeline, "Lymphedema Education and Support Program" Any breast cancer patient who has had lymph node removal or radiation is at risk for developing lymphedema, a debilitating, permanent, condition. This project will offer educational lectures to inform and in increase awareness of lymphedema to those women at risk for the condition living in five counties of Western Washington.

o Cancer Lifeline, "Patient Assistance for King, Pierce, Snohomish, Clallam & Jefferson Counties" This fund will provide financial assistance for specific living expenses and non-medical treatment costs for low-income breast cancer patients living in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

o Community Health Centers of King County, "Intensive Case Management Project" This project will provide intensive case management services for vulnerable, low-income breast cancer patients. The Case Manager will provide support to help patients find resources, access counseling, keep their housing, and complete cancer treatment.

o Franciscan Health System, "Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Project" This project addresses healthcare access disparities among African American, Asian, Pacific Islander and Latina women in Pierce and South King Counties. The program decreases fragmentation of care, coordinates services and guides patients through the health care system.

o Operation Uplift, "North Olympic Peninsula Cancer Outreach Program" The goal of the program is to improve outcomes and quality of life for underserved women in Clallam County. This project will provide no-cost support services, outdoor activities and programs for female Clallam County cancer survivors as well as offer a breast health clinic for underserved women in need of breast health education and screening.

o San Juan County Health and Community Services, "Breast Cancer Treatment Support Mission Project" There are no cancer treatment facilities in San Juan County, which creates access and financial barriers to treatment for low-income women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. This project will provide assistance through reimbursement of costs for air and car/ferry travel to and from appointments. It will also provide air transportation through volunteer pilots and coordinate ground transportation through volunteer drivers, when appropriate.

o Team Survivor Northwest, "Health and Fitness Education/Outreach for Underserved Populations" TSNW has designed programs to meet the needs of traditionally underserved and hard to reach populations. This project will support a yoga program for female cancer survivors in the Rainier Beach area, outreach to promote other TSNW programs to diverse and underserved cancer survivors, and enable participation for low-income breast cancer survivors in the annual fitness retreat.

About the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation:

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established 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. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the CureĀ® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised nearly $600 million for the fight against breast cancer.



A Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation press release

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