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Maine Breast Cancer Coalition receives grant from the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Support Service Fund

Posted July 13, 2012, at 9:13 a.m.
Sally Bilancia

The Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently granted $50,000 to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund. The Fund assists low-income, uninsured, or underinsured applicants who don’t qualify for other assistance programs. The Fund provides financial assistance for a wide range of essential services or items including, but not limited to, screening and diagnostic services, treatment costs, prescriptions, prostheses, lymphedema compression garments, temporary living expenses for people in treatment, and treatment-related transportation costs. The Support Service Fund is a unique program that meets the applicant at her or his point of need, providing a “safety net” for Maine residents who have exhausted other possibilities for breast cancer or breast health related assistance.

Examples of the types of assistance MBCC provides through the Komen grant include:

A 24-year-old woman from Cumberland County had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She was not able to work during her four-month treatment regimen because her job is physically demanding, and she was having trouble keeping up with household bills. The Support Service Fund awarded $437.50 for rent and $162.50 toward utilities.

A 36-year-old woman from Hancock County was diagnosed with breast cancer and had $1,745 in medical bills for chemo meds and IV treatments which were not covered by her insurance. The Support Service Fund awarded $1,000 toward the payment of these non-covered bills.

A 55-year-old woman from Aroostook County is self employed and has health insurance with a $10,000 deductible. She did not qualify for the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program and needed a mammogram. The Support Service Fund awarded $261.90 for a mammogram and reading.

The Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen invested over $346,000 in community grants in 2012, in addition to the mission activities of the foundation itself. Further information about grants funded by the Komen Maine Affiliate can be found at http://www.komenmaine.org/grants/current-grant-recipients

Since its inception, the Komen Maine Affiliate has invested nearly $2.6 million in education, screening and treatment services to the citizens of Maine. More than $750,000 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 207-262-7117 or visit www.komenmaine.org.

About the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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 everyday 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.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

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