Susan G. Komen Northern Nevada Announces 2013 Grant Recipients

The local Komen affiliate distributes $315,195 in community-based grants dedicated to filling unmet breast health and breast cancer education, screening and treatment needs

Reno, Nev. (April 10, 2013)–The Susan G. Komen Northern Nevada Affiliate has completed its 2013 grant cycle, sending $315,195 in funding to nine area organizations dedicated to women’s health. Komen will honor grantees in an intimate ceremony on Wednesday, April 24, 10 a.m., at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, the location for the 2013 Race for the Cure.

Thanks to the generosity of the local community and the success of the Komen Northern Nevada Race for the Cure, the affiliate in its 15-year history has invested more than $3.2 million in life-saving breast health programs in northern Nevada and the Sierras. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds raised by the Northern Nevada Affiliate stay in our region, saving local women’s lives. The remaining 25 percent goes to the national Susan G. Komen Grants Program to fund groundbreaking research focused on finding cures for breast cancer. Komen grants are selected in consultation with local healthcare and community advisors.

“In order to ensure our funds are making the greatest impact, the Komen Northern Nevada Affiliate has identified specific unmet breast health needs within our community and has funded programs that help fill in the gaps. Our community partners receiving Komen funds deliver the life-saving message of early detection and provide assistance to medically-underserved breast cancer patients and their families,” said Heather Goulding, Komen Northern Nevada grants committee chair.

The following organizations have received Komen funding for programs, offering a variety of services to increase awareness of breast cancer risks, raise the rate of early screening and detection, and ease the suffering of those undergoing treatment, particularly the uninsured and underinsured in our area:

  • Access to Healthcare (775-284-8989) provides breast cancer treatment services (biopsy, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy) to a minimum of 10 low-income, uninsured women residing in northern Nevada. This work is done through the Patient Care Fund, which ensures financial assistance to cover up to 100% of the cost of care related to breast cancer treatment services to qualified individuals.
  • American Cancer Society Resource Centers are locally based in two hospital sites, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center (775-770-6044) and Renown Medical Center (775-982-6830). The ACS centers will provide $100 gas cards or $100 hotel lodging cards to those traveling farther than 50 miles to receive breast cancer treatment and services in Reno.
  • Carson Tahoe Healthcare Foundation (775-445-5161) provides a safety net for women experiencing financial hardship and those under 40 who fall through funding cracks — helping with diagnostic procedures and other critical, uncovered expenses. Once diagnosed, other doors open for assistance, but few programs assist patients cover diagnostic expenses.
  • Community Health Alliance (formerly HAWC) (775-336-3017) provides 1:1 education, clinical breast exams, mammograms, biopsies and treatment support in Washoe and Storey counties to low income uninsured women and men. A bilingual Breast Health Navigator provides education, outreach & support services. .
  • Nevada Health Centers – Elko Clinic (775-738-1553) will cover the cost of a mammogram and the cost to have it read by a radiologist for local women who need immediate assistance and cannot wait for the Mammovan to come to their area. This program specifically targets low-income, uninsured women who are not eligible for support from Women’s Health Connection.
  • Nevada Health Centers – Mammovan (775-888-6619) is a mobile van that travels throughout Nevada to provide mammography to isolated rural populations. In 2012, the Mammovan provided mammograms to more than 3,200 women. The majority of women served were uninsured and/or geographically isolated. The Mammovan Program also provides breast health awareness through their community outreach program.
  • Reno Cancer Foundation (775-329-1970) offers financial support to underserved, underinsured and uninsured breast cancer patients in the area so they can receive the treatment necessary in their struggle against breast cancer. The funding helps reduce barriers to treatment and increases access to life-saving medical treatment. Activities include paying co-pays, medication, out-of-pocket expenses, insurance premiums, COBRA payments; paying for transportation for patients who must travel to treatment centers; providing financial assistance with ongoing living expenses such as rent, utilities, groceries; and providing information and assistance to Latina patients.
  • Renown Health Foundation (775-982-4973) assists patients with expenses associated with the treatment of breast cancer, specifically prescription co-pays, lodging, and transportation costs.
  • Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation (530-582-6317) medical staff will train Family Resource Center peer educators on breast health education, including the importance of breast exams and mammography. These peer educators share information with their clients through educational outreach. Many clients will go on to receive clinical breast exams and diagnostic screening services for the first time in their lives.

The 2013 grant recipients will join Komen Northern Nevada representatives, select officials, and community representatives in a celebration ceremony and press conference in the Crystal Ballroom at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino on Wednesday, April 24, 10 a.m. The media is invited to attend. For more information, email Niki Patin, executive director, at ED@komennorthnv.org.

About Susan G. Komen®

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 $750 million in breast cancer research and $1.5 billion in community outreach programs over the past 30 years; providing funding to help low-income and uninsured women get screened and get treatment; advocating for cancer research and outreach programs; and working globally in more than 30 countries. Visit komen.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Visit the Northern Nevada Affiliate at www.komennorthnv.org or call 775-355-7311.