The Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley Affiliate awarded more than $750,000 to 21 local organizations in its 19-county service area. The grants are given to organizations to help provide education, support services, mammography screening and diagnostic programs to local residents.
Since its inception in 1997, Komen Sacramento Valley has invested more than $17 million into the local community to help fund grassroots breast health education, screening and research programs. Marshall Medical Center received $50,000 for this purpose in 2013.
“We are so grateful to be one of the 21 organizations awarded this grant,” said Wendy Goossen, Marshall Cancer Services director. “We strive to provide the best cancer care for our community, and this grant will help us continue to reach underserved residents and women who may not think they can afford life-saving screenings and care.”
The grant will also help support Marshall’s Breast Health Patient Navigator service.
The grant includes a large emphasis on mammography screenings because of the crucial role it plays in early, life-saving detection of breast cancer. In El Dorado County breast cancer is the second most common cancer, after prostate (as of 2011), and cancer of all types has long been the leading cause of death in the county.
Early detection is critical to survival, and Komen Sacramento Valley has reached more than 600,000 women with the life-saving message of early detection and has helped provide 100,000-plus 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 save lives each year. 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. In 2012 more than 13,000 participants and volunteers raised $1.2 million to fund local programs. The 2013 Race for the Cure takes place on Saturday, May 11, at Cal Expo in Sacramento and has a goal of raising even more money to invest into the community next year.
Marshall was among programs 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.
To learn more about the grantees and the programs they support visit komensacramento.org/grants/current-grant-recipients.