Press Release

Maine Affiliate of Komen announces 2013 grant recipients

BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is awarding approximately $265,000 in grants to eight community projects around the state for 2013.

The programs are:

  • Fish River Rural Health in Eagle Lake for a breast health educational outreach program for its patients and community members with a goal of serving more than 1,000 people. Fish River Rural Health partners with Caring Connections, which provides free Bridging Books for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

  • Caring Connections, Bangor Y, for its Bridging Books program, which plans to provide approximately 325 packets of information through more than 50 health care organizations to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer to help them understand their disease, treatment paths, and resources available.

  • Caring Connections, Bangor Y, for its Bridging the Gap program, which provides access to free breast exams and imaging and followup medical appointments to women who lack financial resources and/or health insurance of their own to pursue the testing and treatment. This grant will cover 18-22 women.

  • Community Concepts with offices in Lewiston, South Paris and Wilton, for its cancer treatment transportation program, which takes approximately 8,000 clients to schools, counseling, day services and medical services per year. The grant money will be used to reimburse volunteers 41 cents per mile when they use their own vehicles for this service.

  • Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, both in Ellsworth, for their Commit2Care program, which focuses on screenings and post-diagnostic support for patients who are underinsured or uninsured and live in one of 16 towns in Hancock County or one of five towns and three townships in western Washington County. The grant money will be used to educate the public about the availability of free screenings and to provide those screenings and follow through with patients to make sure they have no gap in their treatments.

  • Maine General Medical Center in Augusta for its Knowledge to Save Your Life program, which will use the funds to make breast health screenings and diagnostics available to approximately 125 women who do not have adequate insurance or do not qualify for other programs; community outreach and education; work with primary care practices to increase education and screening rates for women older than 40.

  • Penquis CAP in Bangor for its Ride to Wellness program, which partners Penquis Lynx Transportation with Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine to help women get to breast cancer treatment and diagnostic services. The grant money will help Ride to Wellness to allow at least 60 people with transportation barriers to get to their treatments and/or diagnostics; and education to increase knowledge about these services among 30 staff and volunteers of six area providers, as well as about 19,000 residents, in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, with the goal of increasing breast cancer survival rates.

  • Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, Bangor, for its Support Service Fund, which provides financial aid to people who cannot afford breast health services because they are low-income, uninsured, underinsured or do not qualify for other assistance programs. The fund can be used for, but is not limited to, screening and diagnostic services, treatment, prescriptions, prostheses, lymphedema compression garments, temporary living expenses for those in treatment, and treatment-related transportation costs.



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