Walgreens and Customers Touch the Lives of Arkansas Women
“Following a diagnosis, I was referred to Donna Graham, the Breast Health Navigator at the Madison County Health Coalition. I have no insurance so I needed extra help to get through this. I was so glad to learn about the grant. The Komen grant saved my life and I’m so grateful Donna was there for me.”
—Melissa, 39 years old
“Truly, this grant saved my life. Without it I would not have been able to see the doctor and get my treatments.”
—Margie, 59 years old
Earlier this year, the Ozark Affiliate was a proud recipient of a portion of the more than $8.5 million raised by Walgreen’s customers. These funds were intended to be used to help improve access to quality cancer care for low-income and medically underserved people in local communities served by Komen Affiliates. Thanks to support from national retailer Walgreens, and the funds raised locally by the Affiliate, Komen Ozark was able to fund the Madison County Breast Cancer Support, Education, Treatment and Navigation Program, which both Melissa and Margie participated in.
Madison County is just one county in the Ozark Affiliate’s 10-county service area, but it is has the highest incidence rate of breast cancer. Additionally, many women who live there are uninsured and have to travel a considerable distance to receive testing and treatment. Statistics gathered by the Affiliate report that 42.2% of the county’s women over the age of 40 have not received a mammogram in the past 12 months.
The breast health navigator program ensures that these women are able to receive testing near where they live, have access to gas cards to assist with the cost of driving to and from treatment, are provided lymphedema supplies, screening services, and diagnostic testing, and receive support at doctor visits and treatment appointments.
Melissa and Margie are just two examples of women who have benefited from the breast health navigator program. Assisted by grant funding from Susan G. Komen® Ozark, the Madison County Health Coalition has been able to provide life-saving services to a vulnerable and at times invisible population of a small rural county in Northwest Arkansas.
About the author
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 and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen 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.