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Susan G. Komen Maryland announces small grant recipients

11/14/13

MARYLAND–Susan G. Komen Maryland announced last week the recipients of six small grants, totaling $55,000, which will be invested into the Maryland community.

The small grant program has a rolling enrollment. Funding is available for programs that provide screening and diagnostic services or emergency assistance services.

The rolling enrollment is in part to the Jacqueline Chambers Small Grant Fund, which was created with a $10,000 gift from the Chamber’s family in memory of their mother, Jackie. Donations to this fund are earmarked specifically for the small grants program. This year, programs to receive funding included:

·MAC Inc. ($5,000) for its program, “Life After Breast Cancer: Overcoming Barriers,” which provides emergency assistance services to under/uninsured women and survivors. The program covers Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

·Moveable Feast ($10,000) for emergency assistance services that provide meals for under/uninsured African American, Hispanic and Latina women in treatment for breast cancer.

 The program covers Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

·Howard County Health Department ($10,000) for its “Decreasing Barriers to Care for Breast Cancer Screening for Women in Need” program that provides screening and diagnostic services for Hispanic and Latina women under 40 or in the age range of 40-49, and under/uninsured.

·Cancer Support Foundation ($10,000) for its “Lifeline to Recovery” program that provides emergency assistance services to African American women between the ages of 40-49 and who are under/uninsured. The program covers Allegany, Baltimore and Calvert counties as well as Baltimore City.

·Carroll County Department of Health ($10,000) for its “Removing Barriers for Younger Women” program that provides screening and diagnostic services to Hispanic and Latina women who are in the age range of 20-39 and under/uninsured.

·         Meals on Wheels ($10,000) for its program “Healing Meals, Helping Hands” which provides emergency assistance services for survivors located in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

 These small grant programs are in addition to the 10 large grant programs Komen Maryland funded for FY14 (April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014). The total amount received by the 10 large grant programs was nearly $860,000. In addition, more than $600,000 was submitted to Komen National and earmarked for breast cancer research on a national level.

 “The funding Komen Maryland provides for both our large and small grants translates into a wide array of services from the obvious to niche services,” said Robin Prothro, CEO of Komen Maryland.

“The programs provide the traditional clinical breast exams and mammograms but also include peer-to-peer support groups, financial assistance for bills, co-pays and treatment, transportation to and from doctor’s visits, childcare during appointments and so much more.”

 Since Komen Maryland’s inception in 1993, nearly $35 million has been invested in the Maryland community for breast health programs that provide life-saving services to local women, men and families.

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Suzy, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world by investing more than $2.2 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. Through events like the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure, the Maryland Affiliate has invested $35 million in community breast cancer programs since 1993. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in Maryland.

 The remaining 25 percent funds national breast cancer research, often taking place at Maryland institutions. Komen Maryland is the 10th of approximately 119 affiliates in the Komen network to host two Races—Hunt Valley and Ocean City. For more information, call 410-938-8990 or visit www.komenmd.org.

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