SUMMIT – Determined to save lives and end breast cancer forever, the North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded three grants totaling $138,059.50 to programs providing breast cancer services in Union County.
The Komen North Jersey Affiliate is part of the 125-affiliate network of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting to end breast cancer forever. The Affiliates are the face and voice of Komen for the Cure’s global breast cancer movement in communities around the world. Through local events and activities, the Komen North Jersey Affiliate mobilizes and educates thousands of community members while raising funds to support the following community-based breast cancer programs.
Overlook Hospital’s Breast Health Services for African-American and Latina Women will expand its program with help from Komen funding to provide hands on teaching of breast self awareness, screening guidelines, clinical breast examinations, breast prosthesis, wigs, transportation, and referrals for screening and diagnostic mammographies for medically underserved African American and Latina women.
The Trinitas Regional Medical Center
- The Made for Me Boutique is a bi-lingual program that provides free and low-cost wigs, prosthetic breast forms, mastectomy bras, and lymphedema products to low-income women living in northern New Jersey using Komen funding.
- The Breast Health Outreach Program is designed to improve breast cancer survival rates by strengthening the community’s breast cancer awareness and education levels while encouraging early screening and detection among women. Komen funding will enable breast health services to be brought directly into the communities where underserved women live and work to alleviate transportation barriers and to provide a comfortable, peer-driven atmosphere that dispels the fear and embarrassment associated with proper breast health care. The program takes a comprehensive approach to breast health and guides women through the full circle of care.
Last year, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Affiliates—working in concert with local organizations—awarded more than $80 million in needs-based community grants. That’s in addition to the 25 percent of their net income that Affiliates contribute toward the many millions the organization invests each year in promising research.
Seventy-five percent of net funds raised by the North Jersey Affiliate ($13.4 million since inception in 1997) stays within its nine county service area for breast health education, screening, and treatment programs. The remaining twenty-five percent ($5.4 million since inception) is directed to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Grants Program.