Susan G. Komen announces grants to help local cancer patients

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Susan G. Komen Kentucky has announced six local programs and hospitals that will benefit from a total of $150,000 in community grants to help better the lives of breast cancer patients in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

The community grants will help reduce transportation barriers for patients, provide free mammogram screenings for uninsured and underinsured men and women, diagnostic services and treatment support.

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“Breast cancer patients already have a tough time when fighting this disease, so it’s important we work together with our community partners to reduce any barriers these patients may be facing, to help make their fight a little easier,” said Lynda Weeks, Executive Director, Susan G. Komen Kentucky. “Together, we are helping these patients receive lifesaving screenings and treatment, and we are proud to be able to give back to these local programs and hospitals to help make a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients.”

The 2019-2020 grant funding will be given to the following organizations:

Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation – Bardstown, Ky.

  • Grant to provide screening and diagnostic services and transportation assistance to uninsured and underinsured women in Bullitt, Larue, Nelson and Hardin counties.

Saint Joseph Berea Hospital Foundation – Berea, Ky.

  • Grant to provide free screening mammograms, patient navigation services, gas cards and lodging to uninsured and underinsured men and women in Clay, Jackson, Madison and Owsley counties.

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation’s Yes, Mamm! Program – Lexington, Ky.

  • Grant to provide screening mammograms, diagnostic services, treatment support and gas cards to uninsured and underinsured women in Fayette County and surrounding rural counties.

King’s Daughter Medical Center – Ashland, Ky.

  • Grant to provide screenings, diagnostic services and gas cards for uninsured and underinsured women in the Appalachian region.

UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center – Louisville, Ky.

  • Grant to help reduce transportation barriers by providing low income breast cancer patients in Jefferson County, nearby counties and southern Indiana with gas cards, cab rides and TARC tickets to travel to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

University of Louisville Hospital – Louisville, Ky.

  • Grant to provide screening mammograms and diagnostic services to uninsured and underinsured men and women in the Louisville community.

An estimated 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

Susan G. Komen Kentucky is a local non-profit that is fighting to end breast cancer by funding research and supporting programs and services for people in need across Kentucky and southern Indiana.

Komen Kentucky has contributed more than $11 million to the community for breast health education, screening and treatment support programs; and more than $4 million to breast cancer research.

Approximately 75 percent of funds generated by Komen Kentucky remain in this local service area, while 25 percent of funds are used to support Susan G. Komen global breast cancer research.