ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has announced its 2013 grantees, awarding nearly $265,000 to eight Maine programs. Among the eight grants funded this year is the Commit2Care program through a partnership between Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.
Grant funding will be used to assist 112 underinsured and uninsured women within central Hancock County and western Washington County to receive free breast cancer screenings. “Over the years Maine Coast Memorial Hospital has offered hundreds of free screening mammograms, but the demand had started to outpace our ability to raise funds for the tests. We’re very happy that we were able to secure this grant, and offer testing to more women in need,” says Jack Frost, Executive Director of the Maine Coast Healthcare Foundation.
In addition, the grant will provide funding for an Oncology Nurse Navigator to help guide breast cancer patients, with suspicious findings through the complex cancer care system to help ensure timely diagnosis and treatment. Jayne Wixon, RN, CRNI, Clinical Nurse Manager of the Mary Dow Center, says, “The Navigator serves as a continuous point of contact for patients and their families. Programs like this are designed to improve cancer care and patient outcomes through one-on-one education and assistance from the initial screening through diagnosis and treatment. We’re very excited to be able to provide this much needed service to our community.”
This project is a partnership with the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center and approximately 15 percent of the grant award will be utilized by the Beth C. Wright Center to assist with patient transportation, education, and health programs.
If you or someone you know is need of a mammogram and could benefit from this program, please call 207-664-5337 to find out more. A physician’s order is required to schedule a screening mammogram.
Since its inception, the Komen Maine Affiliate has invested over $3 million in education, screening and treatment services to the citizens of Maine. More than $840,000 has been invested in translational and innovative breast cancer research. To learn more about the Maine Affiliate and the many ways to get involved in Komen’s fight against breast cancer, call 207-922-3303 or visit www.komenmaine.org.
The Komen Maine Affiliate is part of the 120+ member Affiliate network of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting to end breast cancer forever. Local Affiliates serve as the face and voice of Komen for the Cure’s global breast cancer movement, mobilizing millions of people through activities like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series, the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer.
Komen and its Affiliates are known globally for their dedication to filling existing gaps in breast health and breast cancer needs. To make sure they are addressing needs that no one else is meeting in their own service areas, Komen Affiliates work with local medical experts and community leaders to conduct comprehensive community needs assessments. These community profiles are then used to establish local grant application and review processes consistent with Komen’s promise to end breast cancer forever.