Susan G. Komen® Michigan Awards New Community Grants for Local Breast Cancer Services

Susan G. Komen Michigan today announced their new community grants for 2017. To help achieve Susan G. Komen’s bold goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen Michigan annually funds local projects to help meet the most critical needs of the community, including projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education, medical supplies and financial assistance.

“We are so thankful for the friends, family and neighbors who fight alongside us, helping to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in Michigan, both on the ground and through research,” said Sarah Hockin, Mission Director. Currently within the 24-county service area of Komen Michigan, there is an average of 448 people who die of breast cancer every year.

This year’s local Komen grants were awarded to:

Michigan State University- College of Nursing
Pink Impact: Breast Care at MSU will offer essential screening and diagnostic breast care services to men and women who cannot afford life-saving services due to high deductibles and copays. In addition, a breast health education program will be held for breast cancer survivors, their families, and those at risk

Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department
Southwest Michigan BCCCNP Wrap Around Program will target services to women under age 40 and adult men in need of breast cancer screening or diagnostic services. More generally, Wrap Around will serve low-income, uninsured and under-insured individuals. Patient navigation services will be available to help customers locate and access breast screening and/or diagnostic services. Our Community Health Worker will provide Spanish translation services and culturally appropriate education to members of the Hispanic community.

West Michigan Cancer Center
Survivorcise: A Healthy Living Exercise Class for Breast Cancer Survivors is an evidence-based, tested, free intervention designed to meet the challenges of cancer survivors new to physical activity while seamlessly integrating them into survivorship care/WMCC’s Family Centered Continuum of Care. The classes will be conducted in their home counties inherently addressing burdens of travel and access. WMCC’s clinic locations in the targeted counties allow for seamless integration and the advantage of being the trusted local healthcare provider.

Spectrum Health- Betty Ford Breast Care Services
Community Partners Ensuring Comprehensive Breast Care Services’ focus is to increase access to breast care services by reducing barriers & providing culturally appropriate patient & community navigation, education, diagnostic testing, and mobile screening services for residents of Kent, Montcalm, Newaygo, Ottawa, Berrien, Van Buren and Muskegon Counties  while targeting African American, Hispanic and rural residents who are un- or underinsured and do not qualify for other programs such as Breast and Cervical Cancer Control & Navigation Program or Healthy Michigan Plan.

About Susan G. Komen and Komen Michigan
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit 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 Michigan is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Michigan Race for the Cure®, Komen Michigan has invested more than $12 million in community breast health programs in 24 counties and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in researchFor more information, call (616) 752-8262 or visit www.komenmichigan.org.