Grants help close budget gaps for 12 Western Washington government and nonprofit agencies.
The Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will formally grant $2.1 million to 12 local organizations tonight at a Community Impact celebration in the fight to end breast cancer. Each of the grantees provides critical breast cancer screening, treatment, support or education for underserved women in Western Washington.
The financial support from Komen Puget Sound closes budget gaps for many of these organizations, and is possible because of strong community fundraising support last year. The $2.1 million in grants awarded this year is an increase of $100,000 from 2010. However, sustaining this upward trend is in jeopardy as registrations for one of Komen Puget Sound’s biggest fund raising events on June 3rd, Susan G. Komen Puget Sound for the Cure® in Seattle, is currently down by 44 percent.
“We strongly encourage our supporters – past, present and new- to do what they can to help end breast cancer,” said Cheryl Shaw, Executive Director of Komen Puget Sound. “Times are still tough for many women and their families in our state, and we’re continuing to experience a significant increase in demand for free or low cost breast cancer support for uninsured, underserved and low-income women.”
In 2011, Komen Puget Sound provided nearly 43,000 women in Western Washington with life-saving breast cancer screenings, treatment and education. From the mammograms funded by Komen Puget Sound last year alone, breast cancer was detected in more than 200 women. This early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. When treated early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent; later detection drops this to just 23 percent.
“I missed getting a mammogram last year and almost went without again because I lost my job, I don’t have health insurance, and I’m on a fixed income” said Rosemary Smith, a woman who benefited from a free mammogram from Washington State Department of Health’s Breast, Cervical, Colon Health Program (BCCHP). “But I was able to get one through this program and I’m so thankful. Getting a mammogram is very important. Times are hard but I’m trying to stay positive.”
Every grant is reviewed and approved by an independent grants review board to ensure funds are allocated without consideration for political or personal agendas. This review committee is representative of the community we serve and the expertise we need to make the best funding decisions.
Komen Puget Sound’s 2012 Grantees
The single largest grant goes to the Washington State Department of Health; Breast, Cervical, Colon Health Program (BCCHP). $1.3 million in grant funds will provide 14,000 free mammograms for low-income women in Western Washington.
“As a breast cancer survivor I know how important early detection is,” said Governor Chris Gregoire. “With about 1,000 women in Washington on a wait list for needed mammograms, this $1.3 million grant from Komen Puget Sound will help make an immediate and important difference for low-income and underserved women in our community.”
Other 2012 Komen Puget Sound grantees include: