Komen Austin to Fund Life-Saving Breast Health Services in Five Counties

April 10, 2014 – Susan G. Komen Austin today announced its 2014-2015 community partners are Community Action, Inc., CommUnity Care and Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving, Sharing (WINGS). Together, these organizations will deliver free services covering the continuum of care, including breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care, to uninsured and low-income individuals in five counties.

“We thank our donors, advocates and volunteers for their commitment to our mission,” said Christy Casey-Moore, Komen Austin executive director. “Komen Austin is the only organization dedicated to providing local breast health services covering the continuum of care for uninsured and low-income individuals.  Our resources are essential to saving lives right here in our community.”

It’s estimated that Komen Austin’s community partners will provide over 1,270 individual breast health services to uninsured and low-income individuals in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.  This year, 13 organizations applied for community grants. Komen Austin was able to fund the highest rated three, based on the available financial resources.

“There is a large demand for our help, and with finite resources each year, we take a very focused and strategic approach to meet the greatest need of our community identified through local research and analysis,”  said Casey-Moore.  “Each year important programs will go unfunded, and this year is no different, which means many women may go without needed care.  We won’t be satisfied until every need of our community is met.”

Each year, all applications undergo a three-phase review process:

  • First, eligible local nonprofit healthcare organizations serving Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties apply to receive Komen Austin community grant funding for evidence-based breast cancer programs. These programs must meet a need and funding priority identified in Komen Austin’s community needs assessment and RFA.
  • Second, community grant applicants are thoroughly reviewed by an anonymous and independent community-based grant review panel. The applicants are selected and ranked based on the ability to fill service gaps identified by Komen Austin’s community needs assessment and ability to deliver services covering the continuum of care.
  • Lastly, the Komen Austin Board of Directors approves the financial investment to its 5-county service area based on available funds.

After completing this annual process, Komen Austin then announces its community partners in April.

“We need the community’s help to continue to save lives right here.  We challenge everyone to donate, participate and advocate to support those affected by breast cancer,” said Jennifer Stevens, Komen Austin board president.  “You can do this by supporting an upcoming event, like the Perfectly Pink Party on Saturday, May 31, 2014 and the Komen Austin Race for the Cure on Sunday, November 16, 2014, or by simply making a donation online at komenaustin.org.”

This year, Komen Austin will invest more than $850,000 in the fight against breast cancer, providing more than $518,000 to the community partners and more than $338,000 to research.

Susan G. Komen Austin 
We live here. We race here. We save lives here.

One out of eight women will have to fight breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s why, since 1999, Susan G. Komen® Austin has been hard at work here in the Austin area raising money to provide breast cancer screening, education and medical services as well as financial and emotional support. In fact, 75 percent of the money we raise each year is put to work right here in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties to improve the lives of everyone affected by this deadly disease. The remaining funds are entirely dedicated to research. For more information, please call 512-473-0900 or visit www.komenaustin.org.