The Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate announced at its annual awards breakfast last Wednesday that it is awarding over $259,000 for direct community services that will fund breast cancer screening, education, diagnostic services, and patient navigation. This brings the total investment in our local coastal community to over $3.1 million dollars since the affiliate’s inception.
“We are thrilled to be increasing our grants this year, thanks to an increase in donations to our biggest fundraisers this year – Race for the Cure and Big Wigs,’ said Aileen Gabbey, Executive Director for Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia.
This year, the Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® has awarded five grants to programs in the Coastal Georgia area. These include: St. Joseph’s/ Candler Health System; Southeast Georgia Health System’s Mammograms in Motion; Coastal Health District; Diversity Health Center; Hearts and Hands Clinic, and Curtis V. Cooper.
Joining the announcement was guest speaker Dr. Keith Knutson, a Komen Scholar and Professor of Immunology at the Mayo Clinic who is researching a potential vaccine for breast cancer.
As Board President Suzanne Kirk shared, research is a key strategy toward Komen’s vision of a world without breast cancer. ‘Seventy-five percent of funds raised benefit the local women we serve, and the remaining twenty-five percent is devoted to cutting-edge research such as Dr. Knutson’s studies.’
Komen Coastal Georgia encourages programs designed for screenings and early detection. ‘In the last five years, our affiliate has provided support for over 8,000 screenings,’ reported Julie Schwartz, Community Engagement Manager. ‘We stress mammograms and diagnostics for underserved women in our community because early detection saves lives.’
The majority of funding for these community grants is generated through the Savannah Race for the Cure, which is scheduled for April 27, 2019 in historic Savannah’s Ellis Square. For more information about Komen Coastal Georgia and Savannah Race for the Cure, visit www.komencoastalgeorgia.org.