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Susan G. Komen for the Cure in San Diego Commits $1.2 Million to Provide Free Mammograms and Services to San Diego’s Uninsured

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roviding diagnostic mammograms and life-saving support screening to nearly 10,000 uninsured women in San Diego County is just one of the innovative community grants being funded this year by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego Affiliate.

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									Susan G. Komen for the Cure in San Diego Commits $1.2 Million to Provide
Free Mammograms and Services to San Diego’s Uninsured

Providing diagnostic mammograms and life-saving support screening to
nearly 10,000 uninsured women in San Diego County is just one of the
innovative community grants being funded this year by Susan G. Komen for
the Cure, San Diego Affiliate. San Diego County’s only breast cancer
organization committed to providing free services for every step of the
breast cancer journey announced it will fund $1.2 million for 2012 for 19
breast health programs throughout San Diego County.

San Diego, CA, April 04, 2012 -- Providing diagnostic mammograms and
life-saving support screening to nearly 10,000 uninsured women in San
Diego County is just one of the innovative community grants being funded
this year by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego Affiliate. San Diego
County’s only breast cancer organization committed to providing free
services for every step of the breast cancer journey announced it will
fund $1.2 million for 2012 for 19 breast health programs throughout San
Diego County. These dollars are raised through the efforts of San Diegans
participating in the many special events and fundraisers held annually.

“Our goal at Komen San Diego is to fund programs that will reduce breast
cancer incidence and mortality within the next decade with increased
emphasis on finding solutions for disparities in breast cancer across
populations. That means putting our dollars toward cutting-edge programs
with potentially huge outcomes,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, Executive
Director. “We are awarding these hard-fought funds to local organizations
committed to outcome-based strategies and promising practices.

This year, 70 percent of Komen’s funding will be invested in project’s
that provide free diagnostic services and treatments including mammograms
and biopsies, temporary financial help and meal delivery. Nearly 30
percent will go toward patient navigation and outreach.

Highlights for 2012 include the following awards to:
Council of Community Clinics, Community Clinics Health Network “Komen
Breast Diagnostics Services Fund” program serves as the fund manager in
providing breast diagnostic services funding for underinsured or
uninsured individuals under the age of 40 who do not qualify for the
California Detection Program: Every Women Counts program (which is
specifically for women over 40). Community clinics and Health Centers
refer eligible patients who have had either an abnormal clinical breast
exam or screening mammogram and who need further diagnostic services.

Breast Cancer Solutions “Enabling Access: Financial Assistance and
Support for Breast Cancer Patients” program provides temporary financial
aid for medical and basic living expenses, and other identified needs for
breast cancer patients. This assistance enables access to care by
removing financial barriers caused by increased medical expenses, lost
wages due to cancer treatment and other difficult factors being faced.

Somali Center “Bridging the Cultural Divide” program will use a community
approach to reach Somali and East African refugee women with breast
health education and the promotion of breast cancer screenings.
“We know that when found in its earliest stages, the most common form of
breast cancer has a 98% survival rate,” said Catherine Blair, Chair of
the Grants Committee. “Key to that is getting a life-saving mammogram. We
aim to provide every eligible woman that access to life.”

“The projects we’re investing in today are critical to the momentum we’ve
built during the last 15 years in our quest to reach out and serve San
Diego’s uninsured women and their families,” said Farmer Sherman.

Following an exhaustive blind review process, the grants were approved by
Komen San Diego’s Board of Directors upon the recommendation of Komen’s
Review Panel. The Grants Award Ceremony is graciously underwritten by AMN
Healthcare and will take place April 19, 2012.

A complete list of 2012-2013 grant designees can be found at the Komen
San Diego Affiliate website at
http://www.komensandiego.org/grants/current-grant-recipients. All grants
and awards are contingent upon receipt of a fully executed agreement.

Contact:
Jennifer Borba von Stauff
Olive PR Solutions, Inc
350 West Ash St. #103
San Diego, CA 92101
619-955-5285
jennifer@oliveprsolutions.com
http://www.komensandiego.org

								
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