Komen Austin Grants Over $614,000 to Local Community Health Care Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Nique Mayo, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Susan G. Komen® Austin
(512)684-3883 or nmayo@komenaustin.org

Komen Austin Grants Over $614,000 to Local Community Health Care Organizations
Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin to provide speaker for Community Health Luncheon

AUSTIN, TX – Susan G. Komen® Austin has announced that it will grant over $614,000 to eight local community health care organizations for its 2015-2016 grant year. The grant funding will make over 2,000 life-saving breast health services possible, including clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, biopsies and patient navigation. Komen Austin funding ensures that the services needed to detect and beat breast cancer are accessible to uninsured and underinsured community members in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.

“No woman should die of breast cancer because she can’t access care,” said Karen Shultz, Interim Executive Director at Komen Austin. “A case of breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes in the U.S. The disease is prevalent but if caught early and treated, has a 99 percent survival rate. We work every day to ensure that survival is the outcome for the women in our community.”

The Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas (BCRC) is one of Komen Austin’s eight grant recipients this year. Ray Anne Evans, BCRC Executive Director stated, “Komen Austin funding enables us to get women the care they need to make proper and early diagnoses regardless of their ability to pay.”

Komen Austin will recognize the grantees at the Susan G. Komen Austin Community Health Luncheon on July 15th at Green Pastures. Amy E. Young, M.D., inaugural Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, will provide the keynote speech, which will include an overview of the breast cancer services and research that are to take place at the new school.

Komen Austin has been granting funds to local health care nonprofits since the organization’s inception in 1999. To-date, nearly $11 million has been invested into breast health services in the greater Austin area. Additionally, close to $5 million has been raised to fund global research studies to find the cures for breast cancer.

Each year, applications from local nonprofit health care organizations are reviewed by an anonymous and independent community-based grant review panel. The panel ranks and selects grant applications based on the programs’ ability to deliver the services needed to properly detect and treat breast cancer across Komen Austin’s 4284 square mile service area.

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2015-2016 Community Health Care Grantees
http://komenaustin.wpengine.com/services

The Grant Application Process
http://komenaustin.wpengine.com/grants/how-to-apply-for-community-grants/

Meet Women Who Have Received Care Through Komen Austin Grantees
http://komenaustin.wpengine.com/about-us/

Funding Focuses
http://komenaustin.wpengine.com/grants/applying-for-community-grants/funding-priorities-2/

About Susan G. Komen® Austin
Saving lives locally. Fighting breast cancer globally.
Susan G. Komen® Austin is an Austin-based nonprofit committed to saving lives locally and fighting breast cancer globally. Komen Austin is the only local breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts – education, screening, treatment, follow-up care, survivorship support, advocacy and research. The organization serves the women and men in the city’s five-county area battling breast cancer by removing barriers to care for the uninsured and underinsured. Of the funds raised annually, Komen Austin invests up to 75 percent into local community health care grants and educational initiatives; the remaining 25 percent is invested into global research to find the cures for breast cancer.

 

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