2009-2010 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, recently awarded community grants totaling $590,367 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 14 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, uninsured 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 underserved 40-49 year old clinically asymptomatic women in the Central Shenandoah Valley.

Central Virginia Health Services

“Reducing Barriers and Increasing Access to Mammograms” provides screening and diagnostic mammograms, educational materials, and limited transportation for uninsured, low income women at 14 clinics in central Virginia.

Community Memorial Health Center

The “Pink Power Program” provides clinical breast exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, and breast health 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

“Pink Ticket Project” will expand the clinic’s current on- and off- site breast health services by introducing semi-monthly breast cancer screening clinics as well as building on their successful outreach activities in Richmond’s more vulnerable neighborhoods. With Komen funding, the Fan Free Clinic will provide clinical breast exams and breast health education to medically underserved women.

Nueva Vida

“Access and Survivorship Support for Latinas in Richmond” seeks to improve the health outcomes of medically underserved Latinas in metropolitan Richmond by facilitating the timely access to breast cancer screening, treatment, and information, while offering caring and culturally expert mental health support to breast cancer patients.

Pittsylvania-Danville Health District

“Breast Health Care for the Women of the Pittsylvania-Danville District” provides screening and diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds to low income, uninsured or underinsured women ages 40-64 in Danville and Pittsylvania County.

Senior Connections/Capital Area Agency on Aging

“Focus 50+ Screening” utilizes trained volunteers, staff, and partner agencies to educate and motivate women over 50 year old to be screened for breast cancer.

The Ellen Shaw de Paredes Breast Cancer Foundation

“Free Screening Mammography for Underserved Women” will provide mammograms to medically underserved or uninsured women in the Greater Richmond area, with an emphasis on individuals served by The Daily Planet, whose majority of clients are homeless, African-American, or Hispanic. The Foundation will also work with other mammography facilities in the area to provide free screenings to women in need.

The University of Virginia

“Increasing Access to Breast Care” will meet the needs of the Piedmont Health District by establishing a new community –based breast care program in Buckingham County. By strengthening existing partnerships with local healthcare providers and creating new collaborations with local organizations, the UVa Breast Care Program will develop a comprehensive framework for sustainable community participation in screening and early detection efforts.

VCU Massey Cancer Center

“Check It Out” is a cooperative effort between Massey Cancer Center and the local chapter of Hadassa, the world’s largest women’s volunteer organization. A nurse from Massey, accompanied by Hadassa volunteers and survivors, educate area high school students about the importance of early detection and prevention of breast and testicular cancer. Over 33,000 students in metro Richmond have been reached through this program, 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. Without insurance coverage, some women would not be able to afford these much needed items. Patient transportation to fitting appointments is also funded by Komen Central Virginia.