In April, Susan G. Komen® Great Plains announced its grant awards to community programs that will provide medically-underserved women and men with breast health education, breast cancer screenings, and support over the next year.
The programs were selected for funding through a competitive application and independent review process. Organizations receiving grants will offer programs that reach the most vulnerable populations in the region, including rural, underinsured, and uninsured men and women.
Komen Great Plains is also introducing a new Treatment Assistance Program for individuals in Nebraska and South Dakota to help eligible breast cancer patients cover costs associated with treatment. Altogether, the ten community programs represent $414,363 from supporting donors. More information on all community programs is available at www.komengreatplains.org
2018-2019 Community Programs in Nebraska
• Blue Valley Community Action Partnership-$22,642 (Fairbury, Neb) Breast health education in nine counties in southeast Nebraska as part of its Bridge to Care program.
• Chadron Community Hospital – $29,200 (Chadron, Neb) to offer short-term financial help to current breast cancer patients in western Nebraska as part of its Circle of Light program.
• Charles Drew Health Center – $46,360 (Omaha, Neb) to provide breast health outreach and education to at-risk populations in the Omaha metro area.
• OneWorld Community Health Centers – $75,000 (Omaha, Neb.) to provide breast health education and screenings for low-income, underinsured or uninsured women.
• Perkins County Health Services Foundation – $17,765 (Grant, Neb.) to provide breast health education and transportation support for women in southwest Nebraska.
• Visiting Nurse Association – $85,000 (Nebraska, statewide) to offer short-term financial help and patient navigation services to current breast cancer patients as part of its Breast Cancer Assistance Program.
• West Central District Health Department – $33,460 (North Platte, Neb.) to provide breast health education and screenings for low-income women in western Nebraska.
Seventy-five percent of net revenue from the Komen Great Plains Race for the Cure® events and other events throughout the year are dedicated to funding community health programs. Remaining proceeds fund groundbreaking global research to find the cures.
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Great Plains is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like Race for the Cure®, Komen Great Plains has invested more than $8 million in community breast health programs in Nebraska and the Dakotas and has helped contribute to the more than $956 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 402-502-2979 (Omaha office) or call 605-271-1751 (Sioux Falls office) or visit www.komengreatplains.org