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Komen Columbus gives $98k to Madison County
April 5, 2012

The Madison County Hospital Foundation and the Madison County Health Partners Free Clinic were recently awarded $98,201 from the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to provide mammograms and other diagnostic services to Madison County women who cannot afford services.


The MCH Foundation and the MCHP Free Clinic were two of 34 breast health programs to receive more than $1.9 million in funding from Komen Columbus.


“We are happy to award these grants to programs and organizations in our 30-county service area that directly impact thousands of women who are underserved and uninsured. Our grantees use the money awarded for many programs including screening, education, treatment, survivor support and outreach programs,” said Katie Carter, executive director of Komen Columbus.  “Together, we are driven by Komen’s mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever and every dollar raised takes us one step closer to achieving that goal.”


The MCH Foundation will use their Komen Columbus funds to continue their Cure Your Fears program that includes providing mammograms at no out-of-pocket cost. The program also provides complimentary services such as ultrasound, breast MRI, biopsies, and support services for breast cancer survivors. The MCH Foundation grant assists women who do not qualify for assistance through the MCHP Free Clinic.


"As a breast cancer survivor, I understand the importance of having affordable breast care in our community," said Mona Flax, Executive Director of the MCH Foundation. "With this grant from Komen Columbus and through our Breast Cancer Endowment Fund, we are able to help any woman in Madison County who feels she cannot afford breast cancer screenings or treatment."


The MCHP Free Clinic will use funds from their Komen Columbus grant to provide mammograms and breast ultrasounds to the uninsured, a group of women at high risk for receiving a late stage diagnosis.


"The Free Clinic and Komen Columbus have worked together for six years to remove the economic barrier and lessen the fear many women associate with mammography," said Melissa Canney, Director of the MCHP Free Clinic.


The funds that make these programs possible are due to the generosity of Komen Columbus supporters – notably the more than 50,000 people who participated in the 2011 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure. Komen Columbus has raised more than $19 million since it began in 1993; 75 percent of that money stays in its 30-county service area and is used to conduct breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. The other 25 percent goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund national breast cancer research programs.


For more information about Komen Columbus, please visit www.komencolumbus.org or call the Komen Columbus office at (614) 297-8155.


For more information about MCH Foundation and Cure Your Fears, visit www.madisoncountyhospital.org/cureyourfears.


For more information about Free Clinic services call 740-845-7286.

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