Thanks to your fundraising efforts, Susan G. Komen Michigan is granting $46,854 in small grants. To view our other breast health programs, click here.
Casting for Recovery
Casting for Recovery provides a respite from familiar routines in a beautiful, natural setting where emotional well-being can flourish. The program provides an experience that will lessen isolation, promote problem solving and coping skills through an opportunity to be with others who have had similar experiences. The 2 1/2 day retreat begins Friday with a welcome gathering attended by participants and volunteer staff . On Saturday, the Medical Facilitator leads an open discussion of the medical aspects of breast cancer; participants are then introduced to fly fishing through two casting sessions, a class on entomology, and one on equipment and knots. That evening, the Psychosocial Facilitator gathers with the participants for a time of sharing the overall psychological effects of breast cancer. On Sunday, river helpers from the surrounding area arrive to guide the women in catch and release fishing. Ask for the Casting for Recovery program, 517.202.5139
Grand Valley State University
The purpose of this effort will be to equip future health care providers with the knowledge and tools to promote breast health in the region. It will focus on graduate nursing and physician assistant students at the university who will go on to work in clinics, hospitals, and medical offices, serving significant populations of Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans, and rural residents. With Komen funding, the GVSU Simulation and Learning Resource Center will purchase three computer-guided MammaCare Clinical Breast Examination Simulator-Trainers. This simulation equipment, supplemented with Susan G. Komen educational materials, will help prepare our nursing and physician assistant students to be the first line of defense for breast health.
Strong Women of Faith
The Strong Women of Faith Breast Cancer Support Group will hold its yearly conference and health symposium in September 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As many as 200 attendees from SWOF’s service areas and beyond are expected, including breast cancer survivors, caregivers, and presenters. The goal of the Strong Women of Faith Breast Cancer Support Group Conference is to provide breast cancer health education and motivating psychosocial opportunities for survivors, caregivers, and other attendees seeking health information.
McLaren Health Foundation
McLaren will provide breast health education aimed at employees of McLaren Greater Lansing (MGL) and Mid-Michigan Physicians (MMP) of MGL. Dr. Lewis will present. He regularly conducts breast health education programs for the public, so attendees are better informed of breast health and early cancer detection. This program is designed to make that opportunity available and easily accessible for MGL and MMP employees to become better educated about breast health and early detection of breast cancer. Sessions will be offered at the Greenlawn campus and MMP during lunch to make attendance convenient. A total of 75 employees are anticipated. Additional education materials will be disseminated to staff and the community.
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMCCC) Community Outreach Program and the Ann Arbor Chapter of The Links, Inc. partnered for the 8th consecutive year to implement the annual Hats and High Tea for Breast Cancer Awareness event. The event was held on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Kensington Court Hotel in Ann Arbor. The purpose of the program is to promote breast cancer awareness and education around screening, early detection, and treatment options. Key activities include light refreshments and afternoon tea, a fashion show including women’s hats, a full presentation on breast cancer featuring a top UM Cancer Center expert, and promotion of advocacy, understanding our own medical history, and clinical trial awareness.
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
On April 9, 2016, the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center will host its 4th Breast Cancer Summit for the community. Breast cancer survivors, caregivers & members of the general public concerned about breast cancer are invited to attend. This program will increase the knowledge of breast cancer prevention, screening & treatment options, highlight expertise of UM, and provide participants with knowledge of community resources available. Event topics will include updates on treatment options, risk reduction, research, survivorship, & advocacy. Key activities will include panel discussion, presentations, and exhibitor tables. Click here to learn more.
Bronson Battle Creek Survivorship Event
On November 9th from 6-9pm Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center will present a survivorship event. Connect with other survivors and staff, be amazed by a nationally-recognized magician, eat some great food, get a free massage, and participate in other fun activities!
Calhoun County Cancer Control Coalition
The purpose of this program is to bring breast cancer survivors together in a environment that will motivate them to make healthy, long term lifestyle changes. They will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a trainer to define personal goals and will meet with their group twice a week. These meetings will focus on overall health and will utilize technology such as Fitbits to monitor and report back as well as providing speakers on topics such as emotional well-being, healthy cooking made simple, smoking cessation and other Survivorship topics. At the end of the program, Survivors will meet with their referring health care provider, go over goals, what were met, what were not, and prepare next steps. Ask for the Komen Survivor Program, 269.720.2339
One Church Empowerment Center – Rock’n the Runway
Rock’n the Runway is a breast health focused educational event and runway show put on by One Church Empowerment Center in Grand Rapids. Komen Michigan has supported the program for the past three years. Survivor models walk the runway and critical breast health information is shared with participants in the interactive show.
Pink and Blue the Movie on Hereditary Breast Cancers
Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer is coming to Grand Rapids with support from Komen Michigan! This film features individuals from well known singer and America Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi to Grand Valley State University’s own BRCAn’t Stop Me, Phi Mu members and multiple individuals who are facing an increased risk of cancer because of a BRCA gene mutation. Please join us Thursday, October 27, at 8:30 p.m. at Celebration! Cinema Rivertown Crossings to see a film that is saving lives across the nation.
Revive and Thrive
This is a capacity-building grant for a survivor support program that offers nutritional support to survivors and their families during treatment. Patients in active treatment may receive 90 days of healthy, organic meals for them and their family, delivered to their door. The program also teaches healthy lifestyle choices to the teen volunteers who prepare the meals. With the support of this small grant, we anticipate a large Community Grant application from the program in the Fall. Contact Wendy Borden, 616.581.4103
Spectrum Health Foundation
The Spectrum Health Lymphedema program serves residents of West Michigan who are breast cancer survivors and have developed a chronic condition called lymphedema following treatment. This condition can be debilitating and lead to a loss of range of motion significantly impacting mobility & normal activities of daily living. Some insurances, including Medicare, do not reimburse for compression garments or bandages, which are often a necessary component of lymphedema treatment and prevention. Without compression garments, patients are not candidates for lymphedema treatment. Komen funding will support garments for women in need. This program offers physical therapy, patient education in symptom prevention, self care & treatment, as well as group led exercise to improve condition management and emotional well-being. Contact Beth Brodnicki, 616.486.6800
Spectrum Health Foundation
This collaborative program between Mel Trotter Ministries and the Spectrum Health Cancer Center will offer telehealth services tailored to meet the needs of the underserved, economically challenged and homeless population of women in the Grand Rapids Area using MedNow. The program will offer telehealth services with access to our nurse navigators or cancer educators who will facilitate a conversation and address questions and concerns. Education on risk assessment and risk reduction through a healthy lifestyle, screening and prevention will be offered; for women the major focus will be on cancer risk, breast health and screening. If this pilot is successful as defined by satisfaction surveys, engagement and screening referrals, it could be expanded to other underserved populations (such as rural communities, schools, or Native American Reservations). It may offer an innovative new approach to reaching those unable or unwilling to enter the health care system via traditional means.