Komen North Texas Grants $700,000 to 5 Local Breast Health Programs

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NORTH TEXAS, April 15 –Susan G. Komen North Texas is proud to announce its grants recipients for the 2013-2014 grants cycle. A total of $700,000 was presented at the Celebration of Hope on April 6th to five organizations: Asian Breast Health Outreach Project, Bridge Breast Network, Denton County Health Department, Grayson County Health Department, and Moncrief Cancer Institute. These organizations provide breast health education, screening, and treatment, to the medically underserved men and women of the 8-county North Texas service area: Collin, Cooke, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Montague, and Wise counties.

The Komen North Texas grants process is extremely detailed and thorough. Every two years, the Affiliate completes a state of breast health assessment to determine where the greatest need is for breast health services in our 8-county service area. Based on those needs, an independent panel of community members reviews each of the grant applications and determines which programs are funded. Only nonprofit organizations providing breast health education, treatment, and screening programs within our service area are eligible to apply. This year, 8 organizations requested a total funding amount of $1.4 million.

“Language barriers, fear, lack of health insurance and access are some of the very real obstacles that our communities face when trying to obtain breast health services,” says Missions Program Manager of Komen North Texas, Cathreena Kang. “Thanks to the partnership of Komen North Texas and our 2013-2014 grantees, we can provide a full spectrum of breast health care across our 8-county service area. These programs will enable under and uninsured men and women the opportunity to receive life-saving services.”

The funds granted out each year from Komen North Texas are the generous dollars from our sponsors, donors, and fundraisers. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by Komen North Texas stays in the North Texas service area to fund beast health education, screening, and treatment. The remaining 25% funds the Komen National breast health research grants program. Since 1991, Komen North Texas has invested $9 million in the North Texas community and $2 million in breast cancer research.

Komen North Texas raises funds through events like the Plano Race for the Cure (June 8, 2013), the Denton Race for the Cure (September 28, 2013), and the Ride for the Cure (October 26, 2013). Registration is open for the Plano and Denton Races at komennorthtexas.org.

2013-2014 Komen North Texas Grant Recipients:

Asian Breast Health Outreach Program

The strength of the ABHOP is its unique ability to provide culturally sensitive breast health education, mammograms, and diagnostic services to the Asian communities in Denton and Collin counties. Bilingual services are available in multiple Asian languages.

Counties served: Collin, Denton

Bridge Breast Network

The Bridge Breast Network saves lives by providing access to free or low-cost diagnostic, screening, and breast cancer treatment services for Survivors who are low income, uninsured or underinsured. Services are often available in the patient’s home county to minimize travel.

Counties served: Collin, Cooke, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Wise

Denton County Health Department

Denton County Health Department is dedicated to increasing access to breast cancer early detection screening for underserved Denton County residents. Special attention is focused on uninsured, low income families. Bilingual services are available.

Counties served: Denton

Grayson County Health Department

Grayson County Health Department provides life-saving early detection education and awareness through individual and group presentations, free or low-cost clinical breast exams, mammograms and diagnostic services in the rural North Texas counties of Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson.

Counties served: Cooke, Fannin, Grayson

Moncrief Cancer Institute

Moncrief Cancer Institute’s commitment to fighting cancer is exemplified in its multi-service breast health program that provides education, screening, diagnostic services to both rural and urban communities within the North Texas region. As one of the only mobile mammography units in North Texas, they can reach the most vulnerable populations.

Counties served: Collin, Cooke, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Montague, Wise

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