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Susan G. Komen foundation gears up for upcoming 'Race for the Cure'

by Natalie Sparacio

WAKE UP WISCONSIN (PRESS RELEASE)--  The Susan G. Komen Central Wisconsin Affiliate (SGK-CWA) today announced the recipients of over $100,000 in grant funding that will go toward breast health programs in central Wisconsin. The Marshfield Clinic, Aspirus Women's Health and the Aspirus Cancer Center will each receive grant funding to support ongoing efforts that raise awareness about breast cancer and provide care for breast cancer patients.

"Our Central Wisconsin Affiliate is dedicated to having a positive effect on how local women and men fight this disease at every stage," said Susan Ford-Hoffert, president.  "Through funding programs that address the specific gaps in care we identified in our bi-annual Community Profile, we are making steady progress in education and access. This is work worth doing." 

Programs receiving grant funding include:

1. Aspirus Women's Health, Bridging Breast Education and Screening Gaps for Underserved Women in Central Wisconsin: This is a continuation of a two-year program that provides breast health care, outreach and education, and financial resource navigation to under served and underinsured women in central Wisconsin.

2. Marshfield Clinic's Women's Wellness, Reach Out and Touch: Marshfield Clinic will partner with hair salons and cosmetology schools in Lincoln, Langlade and Marathon Counties to educate hair stylists on breast health and provide them tools necessary for customers to learn more about breast health.

3. Marshfield Clinic Oncology Dept., A Time to Heal: Now in its second year, this innovative, research tested rehabilitation program holistically completes the continuum of care for breast cancer.

4. Aspirus Cancer Center: The 2010 Spring Oncology Sympoium: An annual event developed to provide continuing education for medical professionals in the region, this year focusing on breast cancer.

Now in its third year as an affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure national non-profit organization, the central Wisconsin affiliate is proud to have made a difference with more than $300,000 in local grants for area breast health programs. On Sunday, August 22, 2010, the affiliate will put on its grandest event yet, when over 50 volunteers and 1,000 community members will gather on the 400 block in Downtown Wausau for central Wisconsin's inaugural Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Seventy-five percent of all funds raised from the event will go toward grant funding for our 2011 fiscal year. The other 25 percent of funds raised go to the national organization for research and outreach efforts.

"This inaugural race is really very special," said Ford-Hoffert. "For the first time people in central Wisconsin can become part of the enthusiasm, optimism and sheer joy of being in the company of Survivors and share in our mission to conquer this disease in our lifetimes."

To register for the 5K Race/Walk or 1 mile Family Walk, go to, or find registration brochures at many central WI area businesses.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen Central WI Affiliate

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. The Central WI Affiliate of Komen for the Cure is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community, joining more than 1 million breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, the Central WI Affiliate has invested over $300,000 in community breast health programs in our seven county, Central WI region. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in Central WI. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to fund research. For more information, visit 

Online Reporter: Natalie Sparacio



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