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Komen Columbus Grants $1.4 Million to 21 Community Programs for Breast Cancer Screening, Education and Treatment

Since 1993, Komen Columbus has raised more than $22.5 million to support local breast health programs and breast cancer research.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Komen Columbus announced today it will grant $1.4 million to fund 21 programs that will provide thousands of women and men with life-saving breast health screening, education and treatment throughout the next year.

"The needs that will be met with these 21 community health programs will fulfill vital needs in the communities they serve," said Katie Carter, executive director of Komen Columbus. "We are proud to partner with these programs that will deliver life-saving breast health services to the uninsured and underinsured in our area."

In 2013, Komen Columbus funded programs which provided nearly 17,000 women in our 30-county service area with life-saving breast cancer screenings, treatment and education.  From the mammograms funded by Komen Columbus last year alone, breast cancer was detected in more than 40 women. Early detection is the key to reducing breast cancer mortality in Ohio- which ranks fourth in the nation in breast cancer mortality.  When treated early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

"The financial support from our organization serves as a safety-net for women in our service area, allowing the funded organizations to deliver services to women who would not be able to afford them," said Julie McMahon, director of mission at Komen Columbus. "At a time when state and federal support for the uninsured and underinsured is being cut and demand for free or low cost breast cancer support is high, we are proud to be a resource that makes an impact and saves lives."

The Komen Columbus Affiliate raises funds through events like the annual Race for the Cure©, scheduled for Saturday, May 17 in downtown Columbus. Register for the race at www.komencolumbus.org.

The grants were selected by an independent grant panel through a competitive application and review process. A full list of selected grants can be found here. For details about Komen Columbus' grant recipients, visit www.komencolumbus.org or call 614-297-8155 ext. 204

For More Information, Contact:
Sarah Irvin Clark (614) 296-4057

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