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$156,000+ in grants for Central Wisconsin area to help uninsured and under served men and women

WAUSAU, WI – May 23, 2014 – Every day fought in the battle to find a cure for breast cancer is one day closer to saving more lives. The Central Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen works year round to raise funds for local grant programs focused on helping men and women in the Affiliate’s seven-county service area to fight breast cancer at every stage. Komen Central Wisconsin is proud to announce the 3 grant programs awarded funding totaling more than $156,000 for the 2014-2015 grant cycle.

“We continue to focus on key proponents of the Central Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen community profile results that indicate areas of need in our seven county service area,” said Patty Krug, Komen Central Wisconsin Grants Chair. “The three grant programs we’ve awarded funds to this year continue to serve men and women in Central Wisconsin with breast cancer diagnosis, education and outreach programs. They are important contributors to the area’s uninsured or under served men and women in our communities.”

In 2013, Komen Central Wisconsin funded programs which provided more than 2,000 men and women in the 7-county service area with life-saving breast cancer screenings, treatment and education. This year’s slate of grantees adds to more than $1 million that the Central Wisconsin Affiliate has given to local breast health programs since its launch in 2007. In order to ensure the funding programs address the specific unmet breast cancer needs of the central Wisconsin community, the Komen Central Wisconsin Affiliate works with local health care professionals and community leaders to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment. This community profile, a standard practice of all Komen Affiliates, is then used to establish a local grant application and review process consistent with the organization’s standards and mission.

The following programs have been selected again for the 2014 Komen Central Wisconsin grant slate funding by an independent grant panel through a competitive application and review process:

The Aspirus Women’s Foundation alone qualified more than 280 women for breast cancer detection assistance in 2013. From the mammograms funded by Komen Central Wisconsin last year, breast cancer was detected in 12 women. This compares to a total of 4 women from the previous 6 years due to a program redesign – moving away from specific “event” days to an open scheduling model allowing women to schedule at any Aspirus office (within the 7 county Central Wisconsin Affiliate service area) at a time that was convenient for them.

Marshfield Clinic’s Wellness Beyond Breast Cancer workshops touched 36 women with their 2013-2104, representative of all seven service area counties ranging in age from 26-75 years old. The women who attended the workshops were in various stages of their breast cancer journey and had received services from all different medical facilities in the region ranging from one week to 6 years post treatment.

The Marathon County Health Department has had continued success in bringing competing healthcare partners and community partners together over the past two years through the development of the Breast Health Coalition. Members have collaboratively created a large scale project entitled “Breast Cancer Treatment Fund of Central Wisconsin” to provide financial assistance to women in active treatment for breast cancer in Marathon and Lincoln Counties.

The Komen Central Wisconsin Affiliate raises funds through generous donations and hosting annual fundraising events like the annual In the Pink Benefit held in October and Race for the Cure®, which is scheduled for Sunday, August 10th in downtown Wausau. Registration for the race is now open.

For details about Komen Central Wisconsin’s grant recipients, visit http://komencentralwisconsin.org/grants/current-grant-recipients/ or e-mail Patty at patty.krug@co.taylor.wi.us. Or refer to the reference sheet attached.

About Komen Central Wisconsin

The Komen Central Wisconsin Affiliate is part of the 125-Affiliate network of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting to end breast cancer forever. The Affiliates are the face and voice of Komen’s global breast cancer movement in communities around the world. Through local events and activities, the Komen Central Wisconsin Affiliate mobilizes and educates thousands of community members while raising funds to support community-based breast cancer programs.

Annually, up to 75% of the Affiliate’s net income funds grants to local not-for-profit community organizations that provide breast health education, breast cancer screening treatment, and support programs for medically underserved and uninsured women. The remaining net income (a minimum of 25%) supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards, and educational and scientific programs around the world.

About Susan G. Komen

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 Wisconsin Affiliate of Komen 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.

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