The Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley Affiliate awarded $500,000 to 13 local organizations covering its 19-county service area.
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The grants were given to a wide variety of organizations to help fund education, support services, mammography screening and diagnostic programs for local residents in need.
Since 1997, Komen Sacramento Valley has invested nearly $18 million into the local community to support grassroots breast health education, screening and research programs.
“This year, more than 200,000 women and 2,000 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States. Komen Sacramento is pleased to support community based organizations who strive to reduce this overwhelming statistic,” said Kelly Plag, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley Affiliate. “The 13 local organizations that received funding have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to saving lives by providing quality care to anyone in need.”
One in eight women in the U.S will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. However, with heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people today have a greater chance of survival than ever before. Early detection is critical to survival.
Komen Sacramento Valley has reached more than 650,000 women with the life-saving message of early detection and has helped provide over 150,000 screening and diagnostic mammograms through its annual grant program. Because there is a 98 percent survival rate for Stage I and II breast cancers, these grants are instrumental in saving lives. The survival rate for late stage diagnosis is 23 percent.
The grants are made available thanks to annual events like the Komen Sacramento Valley Race for the Cure and other fundraising and awareness events held by the organization throughout the year.
Each year, race participants, teams, sponsors and community donors help raise these critical dollars to fund local programs. The 2014 Race for the Cure takes place on Saturday, May 10 at Cal Expo in Sacramento. New in 2014 is an inaugural 10K competitive timed race, which is expected to boost money raised that can be further invested into the community.
The grantees were selected by an independent grant review panel to determine programs that will have the greatest impact in serving uninsured or underinsured women in the Komen Sacramento Valley service area.
For El Dorado County the following projects were selected:
California Health Collaborative — Fresno ($50,000), Patient Navigation and Support Project, County Service: Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties
Clara’s House ($40,000), Safety Net Breast Cancer Screening, County Service: El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties
Marshall Medical Center ($50,000), Increasing Access to Breast Health Education, Screening and Treatment in Rural El Dorado County, County Service: El Dorado County
To learn more about the Race for the Cure and other programs supported by Komen Sacramento Valley visit komensacramento.org.