Susan G. Komen Michigan Grants $46,854 to Small Grant Programs

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Courtney Sorman
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Thanks in part to events such as the Susan G. Komen® Race for the Cure, Komen Michigan is able to invest in breast health programs that support the community.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – June 6, 2016 – Susan G. Komen Michigan has awarded grants totaling $46,854 to various community health programs to tackle the breast health disparities in Michigan. Komen Michigan’s Small Grants program provides a small amount of funding for programs that directly address the needs of individuals in Komen Michigan’s 20-county service area.

This year’s grants cover a variety of services including a fly fishing retreat for cancer survivors, educational and lymphedema programs, and state-of-the-art, computer-guided clinical breast exam simulator trainers for future healthcare professionals.

Organizations that wish to apply for Komen Michigan Small Grant funding must comply with the following criteria:

  • Specific to breast health/breast cancer
  • Relevant to the mission of Susan G. Komen
  • Funding request is less than $10,000
  • Willingness to acknowledge support of the Komen Michigan Affiliate
  • Report financials and project progress to Affiliate
  • Allow participation of Affiliate representatives where appropriate
  • Not for a fundraising activity
  • Applicants must be a registered 501(c)3 organization

To apply for funding, or for more information on Komen Michigan’s Small Grant programs, visit

Small Grants for the 2016-2017 fiscal year include:

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

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.

One Church Empowerment Center
The Living Well in Breast Cancer Survivorship (LWBCS) program offers evidence-based yoga & meditation classes, music therapy, a mindful eating program, and survivorship care plan (SCP) counseling. The LWBCS program addresses the psychosocial needs of survivors in Muskegon County. Komen funds will provide 50 breast cancer survivors with free access to the LWBCS program for one year. Stressful life experiences are associated with inferior survival and higher mortality in breast cancer survivors; psychosocial interventions, on the other hand, have been shown to meet the stress-related aspects of cancer survivorship. Psychosocial interventions rely, in part, on self-management theory which explains how we cope with and adapt to stressful situations, such as a cancer diagnosis. Mind-body modalities affect self-management by modifying appraisal of health-related data and providing methods to dampen and/or alter subsequent behavior.

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

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.


About Susan G. Komen Michigan

Komen Michigan is an independent, local non-profit organization that is dedicated to combating breast cancer. 75 percent of the organization’s net proceeds go towards programs and funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, screenings, diagnostics and survivorship programs for underserved men and women in Michigan.

The remaining 25 percent of net proceeds funds global, leading-edge research focused on the prevention of, and cures for, breast cancer. Komen Michigan’s mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all, and energizing science to find the cures. For more information call 616-752-8262 or visit

About Susan G. Komen®

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. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and provided $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at