“We are happy to award these grants to programs and organizations in our 30–county service area that directly impact thousands of women who are underserved and uninsured. Our grantees use the money awarded for many programs including screening, education, treatment, survivor support and outreach programs,” said Katie Carter, executive director of Komen Columbus. “Together, we are driven by Komen’s mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever and every dollar raised takes us one step closer to achieving that goal.”
Memorial Hospital plans to use the Komen funds for mammograms and breast ultrasounds and help breast cancer patients who need assistance with transportation and financial aid. The program also provides educational information about breast cancer for the newly diagnosed breast cancer patient.
“Receiving funding from Komen Columbus allows us to continue offering important preventive services, like screening mammograms, to women in our community who would otherwise not be checked due to lack of insurance. We are proud to receive funding for another year,” states Suzanne Selvaggio, Project Director for Memorial Hospital. To learn more about the program for those who are uninsured or underinsured, please call (937) 578-2488.
The funds that make Memorial’s program possible are due to the generosity of Komen Columbus supporters – notably the more than 50,000 people who participated in the 2011 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure. Komen Columbus has raised more than $19 million since it began in 1993; 75 percent of that money stays in its 30-county service area and is used to conduct breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. The other 25 percent goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund national breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit www.komencolumbus.org or call the Komen Columbus office at (614) 297-8155.
Photo Caption: Suzanne Selvaggio, Komen Columbus Project Director at Memorial Hospital received a check for $50,747. The funds will help Memorial Hospital offer support services to breast cancer patients and preventive services for un- and under-insured women in the community. Presenting the check are Katie Carter and Megan Savage from Komen Columbus.