The Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen announced on Friday, March 15 at the Promise Circle Luncheon that it will grant $403,633 to fund six programs that will provide thousands of women and men with lifesaving breast health screening, education and treatment assistance throughout the next year. In addition to revealing the grant recipients, Komen Scholar Dr. Kathy Miller served as the Keynote Speaker and presented about her breast cancer research. Dr. Miller focuses on testing new therapies for breast cancer patients through clinical trials. Dr. Miller’s Komen-funded grant studied a new treatment regimen for triple negative breast cancer patients.
Top Fundraising Teams, Top Corporate Teams, Top Friends/Family Teams and the Top 25 fundraising individuals from the 2018 Race for the Cure were also recognized.
“The Ozark Affiliate is excited to partner with the 6 local organizations to provide screening, outreach, education and treatment services to women and men in our 10 county service area who are uninsured or underinsured. At the Ozark Affiliate we want to make sure that all women have access to quality healthcare, regardless of the ability to pay,” said Vicki Cowling, Director of Mission Services at the Ozark Affiliate.
The Ozark Affiliate raises funds through events like the upcoming MORE THAN PINK Walk™, which will be held on April 27, 2019 at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall. To register for the Walk, visit the website at www.komenozark.org.
“The change from a Race for the Cure to a MORE THAN PINK Walk™ is intended to increase people’s connection to our work beyond breast cancer awareness,” said Executive Director, Lauren Marquette. “Together, we are more than pink-a community of people who want to do more for research, more for our communities, more for those among us who are living with breast cancer- including metastatic breast cancer-and more action to get us to cures.”
Komen Ozark is one of more than 70 local Affiliates of the world’s largest breast cancer organization, working in communities across the U.S. to meet the most critical needs. To help achieve Komen’s goal to reduce current breast cancer death by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen Affiliates fund innovative breast health projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education and financial assistance.
The following programs have been selected for funding by the Ozark Affiliate. Applicants were selected by an independent grant panel through a competitive application and review process. For details about the Ozark Affiliate’s grant recipients, visit www.komenozark.org or call (479)750-7465.
Community Clinic (Awarded $90,000)
• Serving Benton and Washington Counties
• The “We Are Aware” program provides a culturally competent continuum of care for low-in¬come, uninsured/underinsured patients in Northwest Arkansas through breast care education, screening, diagnostic and treatment support.
Madison County Health Coalition (Awarded $63,633)
• Serving Madison County
• The Madison County Health Coalition program provides a navigator to advocate for breast cancer patients and educate the community on breast health. The program also provides gas cards.
Mercy Foundation Fort Smith (Awarded $30,000)
• Serving Sebastian and Crawford Counties
• Provides educational outreach, navigation, screening, diagnostic and treatment funding for low income, uninsured or underinsured women and men, as well as, access to a mobile mammography unit.
North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education (Awarded $90,000)
• Serving Boone, Carroll and Newton Counties
• Provides comprehensive educational outreach and awareness campaigns to increase participation in breast health education classes, breast self-awareness training and access to treatment. This program also provides screenings, diagnostic services, patient advocacy and transportation assistance.
Cox Health Foundation - Branson (Awarded $40,000)
• Serving Stone and Taney Counties in Missouri
• Provides access to breast care and cancer treatment for at-risk women by offering financial assistance for women in need of screening mammograms, diagnostic testing and transportation assistance. A nurse navigator is also provided to help those diagnosed with breast cancer navigate their journey.
Washington Regional Cancer Support Home (Awarded $90,000)
• Serving Washington and Benton Counties
• Provides a breast health navigator and a bilingual navigator who offer specialized guidance and support to patients on their breast cancer journey. The program guides patients through diagnosis, treatment and assistance to financial support resources as needed. Also provides screenings, diagnostic services and treatment support.