Making an Impact in Panama: New Grants Announced
Guest post by Catherine Oliveros, Regional Director of International, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
The culmination of our trip to Panama was a special dinner reception where we unveiled $250,000 in new investments in the country. The grants are the first of a three-year $2 million partnership with the Caterpillar Foundation to increase breast cancer awareness and improve screening and early detection outcomes in low-resource communities in Latin America. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in Panama.
We were also honored to be joined at the dinner by the First Lady of Panama, Marta de Martinelli, who discussed how proud she was of the work happening in Panama and thanked Komen and Caterpillar for our commitment to the country. Our President Elizabeth Thompson provided an overview of our work in the area, as well as the rest of Latin America, and noted that this announcement came on the anniversary of Suzie’s death. Carlos Caetano, representing our friends from Caterpillar highlighted the importance of our partnership and how meaningful this work was to Caterpillar.
The new grants were awarded to local NGOs Fundacian Casita de Mausi, FundAyuda and Association National Contra el Cancer, and will support public education campaigns, breast self-awareness training, training for medical practitioners and infrastructure improvements, with the goal of increasing screening rates and ultimately, saving lives.
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.