The 2011 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure Kicks Off With A Record Grants Investment!
2011 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure Kick-Off

From L to R: Breast cancer survivor Susan Sonley, Katrina McGhee Komen EVP and CMO, Nancy G. Brinker Komen founder and CEO, Heather Patrick Komen manager of community grant making, breast cancer survivor Beverly Battle and Dr. Mark Johnson, surgeon with Providence Hospital

What an exciting way to kick-off the registration and fundraising season for the 2011 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® held annually on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.! At a news conference yesterday morning, we unveiled 15 new community grants totaling $4.5 million – a record investment for our community grants program in the National Capital Area.

What was most exciting was not the size of the investment, but rather what these grants will do – after years of steadily building awareness and increasing access to screening, these grants will help us improve breast health education and to break down barriers to care.

Two grants will focus on provider education, helping doctors and other health care providers develop a better understanding of the myths, fears and unique needs of the diverse cultural populations they serve. Eleven others will focus on patient education, including targeting breast health awareness messaging in a culturally sensitive manner to develop a better understanding of the importance of screening, the effectiveness of modern treatments and survivorship.

Our two largest grants will focus on addressing barriers to care caused by the area’s overly fragmented heath care system. These encourage partnerships between providers in the region so that patients can be easily and efficiently referred from the point of screening all the way through treatment, limiting difficulties with travel and work requirements, reducing wait times, and providing financial assistance.

We were thankful to Providence Hospital, which was awarded one of the two larger grants, for hosting the event and enjoyed hearing one of their lead surgeons, Dr. Mark Johnson, talk about the impact they hope to make thanks to the Komen grant. We were also touched by the zjest for life of Barbara Battle, a three year survivor who benefited from a Komen-funded patient navigator at Providence. And we were energized by the determination of two-time survivor Susan Sonley, who urged her fellow Washingtonians to not only register for the June 4 Global Race for the Cure, but to also fundraise.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created; it now includes about 140 Races on five continents. We know that the success of our Global Race, like every Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event is based on the support of the local community. Each year more than 40,000 people descend on the National Mall for the Komen Global Race – 94% come from the National Capital Area – a bold statement about the community’s unity and resolve to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

More information about the National Capital Area Grants is available here.

To learn more about 2011 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure or to register, visit www.globalraceforthecure.org.

If you’re not in the Washington, D.C. area, but would still like to support the Global Race for the Cure, you can participate in our Sleep In for the Cure program upon registering.

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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.

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