2008-2009 Grant Recipients

The Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of over 125 Affiliates nationwide dedicated to putting an end to breast cancer, awarded community grants totaling $556,910 to support breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs in the Central Virginia Affiliate service area. The Komen Central Virginia Affiliate’s local fundraising efforts, such as the Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure®, have enabled it to fund 15 projects with the following organizations who will improve the lives of women in our area:

Augusta Regional Free Clinic

The “Recognition-Accountability-Coordination-Education (RACE)” program emphasizes the need for preventive care, assists patients with scheduling medical appointments and mammograms, and provides breast health education to low income women aged 40-64 residing in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County.

Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation

“Breast Screenings for Uninsured/Underinsured Women” are provided to low income women age 40-49. Clinical breast exams, mammograms, and diagnostic studies for abnormal screening results are provided free of charge. Komen funding gives Bon Secours Richmond an opportunity to impact women by screening and diagnosing them at an early stage when treatment is most effective.

Breast Health Coalition of the Valley

The “W.O.R.T.H. (Women’s Outreach to Healthcare)” program raises awareness, educates women about routine breast health, and offers breast screening to 40-49 year old clinically asymptomatic women in the Central Shenandoah Valley.

Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center

The “Oncology Breast Navigation” program navigates newly diagnosed persons through their breast cancer journey and supports them throughout treatment. The Witness Project component of the program educates African American women about the importance of prevention, screening, and early detection. Komen Central Virginia funding also pays for screening mammograms and diagnostic procedures for underinsured or uninsured women in Lynchburg and the surrounding counties.

Central Virginia Health Services

“Assurance for Uninsured Women: Improved Access to Mammograms” provides screening and diagnostic mammograms, educational materials, and limited transportation for uninsured, low income women at 13 sites in central Virginia.

ACommunity Memorial Health Center

The “Pink Power Program” provides clinical breast exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, and education to uninsured women in the communities of Brunswick, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and South Hill.

Crater Health District

“Crater Cares” provides free mammography screening and diagnostic testing for medically underserved women in the cities of Emporia, Hopewell, and Petersburg and the counties of Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex. In addition to free screening services, Crater Cares provides health education and awareness programs for African American women living throughout the health district.

Fan Free Clinic

“Reaching Out, Touching Lives” provides breast cancer screenings, clinical breast exams, and breast health awareness and education to its patients. Through quarterly, community based forums the program disseminates breast health information in Richmond’s more vulnerable neighborhoods.

LINC (Legal Information Network for Cancer)

Through its “multiple service area expansion to low to moderate income communities outside of Richmond” LINC provides educational programming and legal, financial and social service resources to breast cancer patients and their families in low-to-moderate income communities surrounding Richmond.

Pittsylvania-Danville Health District

“Access to Breast Health Care for the Women of the Pittsylvania-Danville District” provides screening and diagnostic services and transportation, as needed, to low income, uninsured or underinsured women ages 40-64 in the health district. Funding also supports an annual community breast health coalition meeting.

Rappahannock Area Health District

“Pink STAMP Project” provides breast screening services and breast cancer education for uninsured, low income, women in the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline and King George.

VCU Massey Cancer Center

“Check It Out” is a joint effort between Massey Cancer Center and the local chapter of Hadassa to educate area high school students about the importance of early detection and prevention of breast and testicular cancer. Through this program over 29,000 students in metro Richmond have been reached, and several cases of cancer have been detected.

VCU Massey Cancer Center

“Providing Prostheses and Surgical Bras to Uninsured Patients” improves the self-image of uninsured women who have undergone mastectomy by providing them with a high-quality, professionally fitted breast prosthesis and two surgical bras. Patient transportation to fitting appointments is also funded by Komen Central Virginia.

VCU Massey Cancer Center

“Sneakers and Genes” will help daughters of mothers with breast cancer in the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Petersburg areas better understand their family medical history, breast cancer screening recommendations, and motivation to practice prevention.

Winchester Medical Center

“Bridging the Gap in Cancer Screening and Support Services” provides access to culturally competent breast cancer screening, treatment, education, and support services for women aged 40-49 who do not qualify for BCCEDP because of age. Breast health education workshops target underserved minority and non-traditional populations in the Northern Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, which includes the city of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Page, and Warren.

Congratulations to the Central Virginia Affiliate 2009 Grantees who were recognized at the Affiliate’s 4th Annual Grantee Award Ceremony sponsored by RAE Foundation and held at the Jefferson Hotel.