The Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen announced it has contributed $140,000 to National Breast Cancer Research and $220,865 to fund six innovative local breast health programs.
In the 42 city and county service area, many regions are rural with little access to affordable breast health services. The Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate’s goal is to guarantee every woman in the area has access to breast health care and education.
“Where you live should not determine if you live when it comes to breast cancer,” said Catherine Warren, Executive Director of the Affiliate.
Area agencies designated to receive Komen grants from the Virginia Blue Ride Affiliate include Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center, Roanoke, VA ($49,804); Community Access Network, Inc., Lynchburg, VA ($37,911); Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, Martinsville, VA ($28,600); Mount Rogers Health District, Marion, VA ($45,950); Mountain States Health Alliance – Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, VA ($18,600); and Piedmont Access to Health Services, Inc., Danville, VA ($40,000).
In addition to awarding their Community Grants and contributing to the Susan G. Komen Research Program, the Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate also announced a $25,000 investment to continue their local Treatment Assistance Program. The program offers financial assistance to those in southwest Virginia currently battling breast cancer that are either uninsured or underinsured and are struggling to meet the financial demands associated with treatment.
The total 2019-2020 mission investment made by the Affiliate is more than $385,000, and since 2008, the organization has contributed more than $3.9 million to local breast health services and breast cancer research.
Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge’s grantees – as well as the Affiliate’s continued work with fundraising, education, outreach, and community partnerships – will play a role in helping the national organization reach its Big Bold Goal of reducing the number of breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026.
“Over 41,000 women in the United States will die of breast cancer in 2019. This is unacceptable, which is why we fund the programs that will have the most impact in reducing mortality, such as free screenings and patient navigation,” explains Elizabeth Zimmerman, Community Engagement Manager for the Affiliate.