Komen Quad Cities Announces Community Grant Recipients
Susan G. Komen® Quad Cities is proud to announce that it will support Quad-City area breast health programs for women in our eight-county, bi-state service area with grants that total $189,500.
Komen Quad Cities’ diverse, volunteer panel of 18 community members with a personal or professional interest in improving the quality of breast health services judiciously reviewed all of the submitted applications to rank them based on their merit.
Grant applications totaling $367,332 met the Affiliate’s criteria for funding; two will be funded through the Community Grant Program.
Komen Quad Cities has awarded a grant of $27,646 to a program entitled Muscatine Breast Cancer Outreach and Education, administered by Gilda’s Club Quad Cities. This program directly addresses the strong need for preventative breast health education and services for women in Muscatine County.
This grant will provide both English and Spanish speaking residents of Muscatine County with screening guidelines, breast self-awareness techniques, nutritional help, and intervention, in six educational lectures.
A Spanish-language luncheon will educate Hispanic women about the need to get a mammogram, what the procedure entails, and where screenings are available. The ultimate goal of this program is to decrease the number of late stage breast cancer diagnoses and mortality rates in Muscatine County women which currently exceeds local and national averages.
“We are thrilled to be receiving funding for this program. There is a great need for cancer support in Muscatine. We are focusing on bringing support to them,” said Erin Williams, outreach manager for Gilda’s Club Quad Cities.
In its second grant, Komen Quad Cities continues to support The Voucher Programs: Mammograms and Breast Ultrasounds with $111,854 that provides financial assistance for mammograms, breast
ultrasounds, and computer-aided-detection (CAD) services. These tests are provided by imaging facilities and radiologists throughout the 8-county service area of the Affiliate that agree to accept contracted program reimbursement as payment in full. Persons with insurance can receive financial assistance to cover their deductible costs or non-covered service charges. Uninsured individuals receive free services.
Over the past 13 years, funding from Komen Quad Cities has allowed the Voucher Programs to process more than 46,500 claims for these services. Administered by Genesis Medical Center, women across Komen’s eight-county service area can use the vouchers at numerous facilities such as Genesis Medical Center, Unity Point Health-Trinity, Community Healthcare, Kewanee Hospital, and Hammond Henry Hospital.
“Funding from Komen Quad Cities is the cornerstone of the Voucher Programs. The Voucher Programs is grateful to be a grant recipient again this year,” said Ken Croken, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Business Development, Genesis Health System. “We know that these grants are available only because of the generous community support for Komen Quad Cities. We thank the thousands of people throughout the Quad Cities who support Komen’s mission."
While Komen Quad Cities celebrates these funds that will provide women in need with low or no-cost breast health services, we anticipate that the need will outstrip the available resources. For example, the Voucher Program projects it will need twice the number of vouchers to fully support all of the women who request services.
“Komen is overjoyed to provide these grants, but we recognize that community needs exceed what we can support. We can only grant the money that we raise throughout the year. We encourage everyone in the community to support Komen. These dollars directly impact the health of Quad Citians through the grants we award,” said Linda Wastyn, Ph.D., grants chair for Komen Quad Cities.
Komen Quad Cities’ largest fundraiser is the annual Race for the Cure. Individuals can register at www.komenquadcities.org today to help fund programs such as the Voucher Program that directly impact the health of local women.
As Quad-Citians choose a charity to support, Komen Quad Cities stresses that as a community-based organization, 89 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to our mission and helps women improve their breast health.
As much as 75 percent of the proceeds from the local Race remain in our eight-county service area with the balance supporting Komen’s groundbreaking breast cancer research, some of which is conducted in Iowa and Illinois.
Komen is the largest non-government funder of breast cancer research. It has invested more than $790 million in breast cancer research and has contributed to every major advance in breast cancer over the past 25 years.
In addition to the $139,500 awarded through Komen Quad Cities’ Community Grants Program, an additional $50,000 is reserved for small grants that can be submitted to the local Affiliate throughout the year. Qualifications for small grants and application information can be found at http://komenquadcities.org/grants/small-grants-program/.
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