Komen CSNJ Receives $50,000 Grant from Walgreens to Impact Breast Cancer in South Jersey

Susan G. Komen and Walgreens Fund Breast Cancer Programs in 16 Communities – More Than $970,000 Will Fund Programs Focusing on Reducing Mortality, Improving Access

 — Susan G. Komen® is making a direct impact in communities with more than $970,000 in new funding for programs that will serve thousands of vulnerable women and men across the country. The funds, raised by Walgreens and its customers during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) 2014, will support patient navigation and partnership programs in 16 communities nationwide through Komen’s Affiliate Network.

The newly awarded funds will help remove barriers to care and improve breast cancer outcomes, helping to reduce breast cancer mortality rates.

“We are excited to announce these new grants, which directly support a key priority for our organization: ensuring everyone has access to quality breast cancer care by working in partnership with communities and care providers,” said Komen President and CEO Judith Salerno, M.D., M.S. “By investing in programs that directly impact the underserved and underinsured, we hope to give patients and community health leaders the tools they need to achieve equity in health care and help even more people facing breast cancer.”

Through the Patient Navigation Program, more than $670,000 in funding has been awarded to 11 Komen Affiliates, to support organizations within their service areas that will ensure women receive timely follow-up after screenings, and access to appropriate breast care. The funds pay for patient navigation programs, which are associated with improved breast cancer survival rates, and may be especially helpful for medically underserved women without insurance or resources.

Komen’s Coalitions in Action grants direct nearly $300,000 to six cities with the goal of developing strategic partnerships and community-driven solutions to barriers to breast cancer care.

These new funds augment Komen’s long-standing commitment to funding community education, screening, treatment and support programs, with more than $1.95 billion invested to date.

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