Komen Michigan announces fully-funded 2018 grants slate

All approved grants will receive full funding for big impact on Michigan breast health resources.

Grand Rapids, MI – April 4, 2018– The Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen today announced a fully funded grants slate that will be investing over $300,000 into local breast cancer screening and diagnostics services, breast health educational resources, and cancer survivorship programs. This lineup will provide more than 12,000 breast health services to men and women within their 24-county service area. Funded programs are available FREE to individuals with an immediate need for breast health services.

The grant program is only one of the many ways that Komen Michigan makes a local difference. Through healthcare investment, community outreach, state and national advocacy, and research, they are removing barriers and increasing access to care in Michigan.

Here is the list of community grants and how local community members can access them:

  • Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department

The Southwest Michigan Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Wrap Around Program (BCCNP) will target services to low-income, uninsured and under-insured women and men under 40 in need of breast screening or diagnostic services.

If you live in or near Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren, and St. Joseph counties, call and ask for the Komen Program, 269.373.5213

  • Michigan State University

MSU’s Pink Impact Program will provide educational outreach focused on nutrition to Hispanic, African American and low-income communities, along with a survivorship program focusing on lifestyle intervention strategies.

If you live in or near Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, or Shiawassee counties, contact Pam Haan or Kim Anderson, 517.267.2460

  • YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing

The YMCA’s Turning Point program is a healthy lifestyle initiative which targets at-risk breast cancer patients as well as survivors by providing them with physical, social and emotional health and support to reduce the side effects of treatment, provide support in remission and to ultimately improve their long-term quality of life.

If you live in or near Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, or Jackson counties, contact Joy Berwald, 517.827.9677

  • Catherine’s Health Center

The Count Me In program helps women and men get breast health education and services providing mammograms, screenings and follow ups for annual exams.

If you live in or near Kent or Ottawa counties, call and ask for the Komen Program, 616.336.8800

  • Spectrum Health Foundation

Spectrum Health provides free services for residents of Kent, Montcalm, Newaygo, Ottawa, Berrien, Van Buren and Muskegon Counties targeting African American, Hispanic and rural residents who are uninsured or underinsured and who do not qualify for other programs. If you live in or near Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ottawa, or Van Buren counties, contact  Denise McCarty, 616.486.6022

  • Revive and Thrive Project

The 2-part Healing Meals & Transition to Survivorship program aims to provides breast cancer patients in with health and wellness programs during treatment and recovery.

If you live in or near Kent county, contact Wendy Borden, 616.581.4103

  • West Michigan Cancer Center

WMCC Survivorship Navigators will provide one-on-one guidance and assistance to women living in Southwest Michigan who are diagnosed with breast cancer as they complete cancer treatments and move into survivorship. If you live in or near Cass, Kalamazoo, or Van Buren counties, contact West Michigan Cancer Center, 269.382.2500

  • Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor Legacy

The CSC’s Breast Cancer Support through the Continuum of Care program aligns helps increase availability of programs serving survivors with a focus on social and emotional wellbeing, wellness programs, and lifestyle intervention strategies. If you live in or near Jackson, Livingston, or Shiawassee counties, contact Rosie Morrison, 734.975.2500

  • Grass Lake Sanctuary

This 145 acre retreat invites new, low-income and underserved breast cancer survivors in Michigan between the ages of 25 and 80 with emotional isolation and disconnect following treatment by cultivating a deep sense of connection and belonging among program participants. This program is open to all breast cancer survivors state-wide, ask for Grass Lake Sanctuary Survivor Retreats, 734.726.0290

All of this year’s grantee recipients, in addition to their fully funded granting requests, will receive other breast cancer tools such as information cards for patients and communications and social media templates for outreach. Funded programs will be reviewed biannually to measure impact both from qualitative and quantitative effectiveness.

Thanks to contributions from our local communities, this year Komen Michigan will be able to nearly double the amount of money invested into local programs over the 2017-2018 grant year. “We are very proud that we are able to fund so many important programs that meet such critical needs of women and men in our communities,” said Erica Bills, Executive Director of Komen Michigan. “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.”

If you or someone you know is in need of breast cancer support, please contact Komen Michigan or your local Komen affiliate today. Find out how you can get involved at (616) 752-8262 or www.komenmichigan.org.