Health & Fitness

Komen for the Cure announces $610,000 in statewide grants

Eleven Kansas agencies will get $610,469 from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Mid-Kansas Affiliate.

The grant recipients were announced Wednesday by the affiliate, which serves 95 Kansas counties.

The largest amount, $210,000, goes to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for its statewide Early Detection Works program. The money will provide free mammography and breast health services to uninsured Kansas women who are 50 or younger.

The Center for Breast Cancer Survivorship in Wichita will get $175,000 in second-year funding. The center helps speed a return to normal life for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, addressing issues such as weight gain, bone health and relationships.

The annual Race for the Cure is the primary funding source for the grants, said Christina Osbourn, executive director of the Mid-Kansas Affiliate. This year's race is Sept. 25. The 2009 race drew 7,776 participants.

The Mid-Kansas Affiliate uses community profile assessments to determine priorities, then makes grants that reflect those priorities, Osbourn said. Current priorities are decreasing the number of black women whose cancers are diagnosed at a late stage, increasing education and services in rural areas, and developing partnerships that increase access to health services.

These are the other grant recipients:

* Witness Project of Kansas, $35,822 for a Wichita program in which African-American cancer survivors and others help those who need breast health services.

* E.C. Tyree Health Clinic in Wichita, $30,774 for its Circle of Friends program to reach black women about the importance of prevention and education.

* Sedgwick County Health Department, $16,200 for its Early Detection Works efforts.

* Tammy Walker Cancer Center in Salina, $62,273 to start a patient navigator program that will include about 15 small rural hospitals.

* Junction City and Geary County, $29,700 for Early Detection Works outreach.

* United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries, $25,000 for a screening and breast cancer education project in Garden City.

* Crawford County Health Department in Pittsburg, $10,750 for mammograms, education and prevention.

* Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg's Cancer Center, $7,950 for Wellness on Wheels mobile mammography van.

* WEPAC Alliance, based in Ashland, $7,000 for a health forum to be held the day after a charity basketball game. The alliance helps women in Wilmore, Englewood, Protection, Ashland and Coldwater to take active responsibility for their health.

In its 21 years, the Mid-Kansas Affiliate has provided nearly $3 million in funding to local organizations and government agencies as well as more than $1 million in funding to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Program, which supports educational and scientific programs around the world.