Komen Central Indiana Awards 15 Community Impact Grants

Susan G. Komen® Central Indiana has awarded a total of $832,677 in Community Impact Grants to 15 breast health programs in its 41-county service area for fiscal year 2016-2017, which began in April.

Over the years, Komen Central Indiana has awarded more than $20 million in Community Impact Grants to local organizations that deliver breast health services in central Indiana and the Wabash Valley. These grants are focused on helping local women, men and families with the early detection of breast cancer and navigating treatment. Grant funds cover screenings (clinical breast exams and mammograms), diagnostics (biopsies and ultrasounds), treatment assistance, health care navigation, medication assistance and support services, such as transportation, to ensure women complete treatment with support they need but cannot afford. Grants were selected by an independent grant review panel that reflects the community.

“As we recently celebrated the 25th Annual Race for the Cure, our organization is proud that the majority of funds raised still remain in our community as a source of help to women, men and families in need,” said Natalie Sutton, executive director of Susan G. Komen Central Indiana. “By focusing on early detection and navigating treatment, we help these neighbors today, and by funding research, happening in our community and around the world, we work for better outcomes tomorrow. This has been our charge since the first Race for the Cure and today.”

As a result of the 2014-2015 Komen Central Indiana community grants, more than 100 local women and men received their diagnoses of breast cancer, allowing them to seek and receive the treatment they need. In 2014-2015, Komen Central Indiana grant funding reached more than 26,000 Hoosiers with 40,000 life-saving breast health services including mammograms, diagnostics, patient navigation and survivor support.

“The partnership between Susan G. Komen Central Indiana and Rush Memorial Hospital has made it possible for numerous women and men who are uninsured or underinsured to receive breast health services,” said Erin Pike, patient navigator and director of oncology/hematology at Rush Memorial Hospital. “Without this partnership, many patients would not have these important services because of the financial burden. Our goal in 2016-2017 is to continue to serve those in need in our community, and in turn, increase survival rates and decrease late stage diagnosis rates.”

A resident living in Komen Central Indiana’s 41-county service area and in need of breast health assistance can contact the nearest grantee listed below to find local resources. Many of this year’s grants focus on serving underinsured and uninsured individuals and eliminating disparities to ensure quality care for all. Click here for more information about the 15 local grantees and their programs.