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Susan G. Komen East Tennessee grants $281,618 to fund breast cancer programs

Since 1997, the East TN Affiliate has granted almost $9.7 million to support local breast health programs.

Susan G. Komen® East Tennessee is pleased to announce that it has granted $281,618 to provide thousands of women and men with no-cost breast health screening, treatment support, and education programs throughout the next year. 
“The need is great in our communities and we are pleased to partner with seven programs in our 16-county Tri-Cities region that will provide vital services to those who need it most,” said Amy Dunaway, Executive Director of Komen East TN. 
In 2016, these local Affiliate-funded programs provided over 5,000 women with access to breast cancer screenings, diagnostic services and financial assistance while in treatment. As a result of these screenings, 51 individuals were diagnosed with breast cancer. Early detection is the key to reducing breast cancer mortality and when treated early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. 
“The financial support from our organization serves as a safety-net for women in our service area by delivering services to women who would not be able to afford them,” said Dunaway. “At a time when state and federal dollars are being cut and demand for free or low-cost breast cancer services is high, we are proud to be a resource that makes an impact and saves lives.” 
“At Komen East TN, we conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered two areas of need: access to screening mammograms and breast diagnostic services for the uninsured and medically underserved and access to financial and other support services for patients in breast cancer treatment,” said Dunaway. “We are confident that through our grantees’ programs, these services will be available for those who need them in our service area.”
Komen East TN raises funds through events like its annual Knoxville Race for the Cure®, scheduled Saturday, October 21 at World’s Fair Park. Knoxville’s Race for the Cure online registration and fundraising will open June 1 at  www.KomenEastTN.org
For more details about becoming a grant recipient, visit www.komeneasttn.org.   
These organizations were selected for funding by an independent grant panel through a competitive application and review process in the Tri-Cities Community:
Blount Memorial Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. – $50,300
  • Screening and diagnostic services
  • Patient financial assistance for patients in active treatment
Celebrate Life Cancer Support Group – $25,000
  • Patient financial assistance for patients in active treatment
  • Education and survivor support activities
Compassion in Action – $25,000
  • Financial assistance for patients in active treatment
Courage to Conquer Cancer – $24,327 
  • Culturally appropriate outreach, education, and patient navigation
  • Increase access to post-surgical supplies and improve recovery
Tennessee Department of Health – $75,000
  • Screening and diagnostic mammograms for uninsured women in 16 East Tennessee counties
Thompson Cancer Survival Center – $13,000
  • Financial assistance for patients in active treatment
University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute – $74,991
  • Mobile mammography screening and breast health education