CHARLESTON — A program of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation that makes mammography services more readily available to women in Union County is one of the recipients of more than $180,000 in grants from Susan G. Komen® South Carolina.
In statement released June 12, Susan G. Komen South Carolina announced the award of $180,065 in new grants for 2018. The press release states that “these awards help meet the most critical needs of the community, including projects that provide free and low-cost breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment support services to underinsured and uninsured women and men. These vital programs also support Susan G. Komen’s bold goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.”
Among the grant recipients is the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation’s Mammography Assistance Program.
The press release states that the Mammography Assistance Program “reduces both the financial barriers and the transportation barriers for women in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties in need of mammography services. By reducing these barriers to care, the program works to reduce the late stage diagnoses and high breast cancer mortality rates in our service area.”
In addition to mammography itself, the grant will also help provide biopsy and ultrasound services.
Also receiving the community grants were:
• Allendale County Hospital’s Pink Prevention Program which “serves the rural counties of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Hampton counties with breast health education, clinical breast exams and screenings. The program also covers the cost of biopsies through a collaboration with The Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties.”
• Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. which provides a “three pronged approach including education, screening and patient navigation … to eliminate gaps of care and to reduce disparities in breast cancer outcomes for African American, Hispanic, and Migrant populations in Hampton, Jasper & Beaufort Counties (including men and women under 30) who live at or below 250% poverty or underinsured.”
• Lexington Medical Center’s Mammography Program which “provides free screening mammograms to underinsured and uninsured women of Lexington, Richland, Calhoun, Orangeburg, Aiken, Edgefield, Newberry counties.”
• McLeod Health’s Making An Impact 2018-2019 which “provides mammogram scholarships to women in Marion, Darlington, Florence, and Williamsburg Counties who cannot afford mammograms and fail to qualify for the Best Chance Network. Many Making An Impact participants may be eligible for treatment from the McLeod Cancer Clinic, the state’s only remaining free hospital-based cancer clinic, which provides cost-free cancer care to uninsured residents of the Pee Dee.”
Susan G. Komen South Carolina Director of Mission Lucy Spears said that the goal of the organization and its grants is to help grant recipients continue to breakdown barriers to healthcare in rural community.
“The greatest challenges lie in rural regions where few, if any, breast cancer services are available,” Spears said. “Our grantees are breaking barriers by bringing help to these communities. Any patient served through one of these grants can be assured of access to treatment should they need it. We’re proud that in the past six years alone, our grants have provided more than 17,825 services for women and men in need.“
Since 1993, Komen South Carolina has funded over $11 million to community projects serving local women and men, while contributing to the more than $956 million invested globally in ground-breaking breast cancer research through Susan G. Komen’s Research Program.
“We are so thankful for the friends, family and neighbors who fight alongside us, helping to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in South Carolina, both on the ground and through research,” said Taffy Tamblyn, Komen South Carolina’s Executive Director.
Small Grant Applications
Komen South Carolina has also announced that their Small Grant application is now open for the 2018-19 granting cycle. Small Grants are up to $10,000 and to be used for support programs that: reduce barriers to care, provide breast health education, and build community trust leading to increased access to care.
About Susan G. Komen® and Komen South Carolina
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the U.S. government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $956 million in research and provided more than $2.1 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs. Komen has worked in more than 60 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.
Komen South Carolina is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Lowcountry and SC Mountains to Midlands Races for the Cure®, Komen South Carolina has invested more than $11 million in community breast health programs in our 45 country service area and has helped contribute to the more than $956 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 843-556-8011 or visit komensouthcarolina.org.