Susan G. Komen Puget Sound awards more than $700,000 to local breast health grantees

Susan G. Komen Puget Sound awards more than $700,000 to local breast health grantees

SEATTLE – Susan G. Komen Puget Sound has awarded $717, 596* in grants to seven local nonprofit, tribal and government agencies that provide vital services to underserved women.

Komen Puget Sound, one of the largest private funders of breast health and breast cancer services for medically underserved residents in Washington state, evaluates and selects grantees through an independent review process.

The grants were announced and presented at the organization’s annual Community Impact Celebration on May 19.

2015-16 Local Grant Recipients – Breast Cancer Early Detection and Education

  • Washington State Department of Health – $240,000
    Komen Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnostic Program
    Through the state Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health Program (BCCHP), this funding provides lifesaving mammograms and diagnostic services to nearly 4,000 low income women.
  • Franciscan Foundation – $60,000
    Breast Cancer Navigator Program 
    This funding improves education and access to screening, diagnosis and treatment for Asian, Pacific Islander and Hispanic women in Tacoma/Pierce County.
  • International Community Health Services – $50,000
    Breast Health Outreach, Prevention and Education Program 
    This funding provides breast health outreach, education and screening to low-income, limited English-speaking Chinese, Filipina, Korean, Mien, Samoan and other Pacific Islander, Asian Indian and Vietnamese women in Seattle/King County.
  • Mason General Hospital – $18,205
    Culturally Appropriate Breast Health Education, Outreach & Screening Programs
    This funding provides breast cancer education, outreach and referrals to screenings for low-income women, Latinas, and women living in remote rural areas of Mason County.
  • South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency – $45,000
    Native Women’s Wellness Program
    This program provides breast health outreach, education, screening and support to women in rural tribal communities in Southwest Washington.
  • YWCA of Seattle/King County & Snohomish County – $33,238
    Opening Doors 
    This funding provides education and mobile screenings for medically underserved and low-income African-American, Latina, sexual minority and homeless women.

2015-16 Local Grant Recipient – Breast Cancer Patient Navigation

  • Mason General Hospital – $99,581
    Culturally Competent Breast Health Patient Navigator Program for Underserved Women
    This funding, made possible by a special grant from Komen National/Walgreens, provides breast cancer patient navigation and support services for low-income, Latinas, Native American and women living in remote rural areas of Mason County.

 2015-16 Local Grant Recipient – Patient Assistance & Treatment Support

  • Cancer Lifeline – $159,372
    Komen Patient Assistance Fund
    Cancer Lifeline administers Komen Puget Sound funds to provide financial assistance and support for low-income patients while they are in treatment for breast cancer.

Seventy-five percent of net funds raised through Komen Puget Sound and its events (including Race for the Cure on June 7) provide essential services such as free mammograms, patient navigation and breast cancer treatment support to those in need in Western Washington, as well as outreach and education. The remaining 25 percent funds breast cancer research.

* This amount includes $12,200 for Small Grants funding and $99,581 through a special Walgreens fund from Komen National for patient navigation.