Komen foundation gives away $500K
December 4, 2006
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation gave away roughly a half-million dollars in grants Monday night at the annual meeting of the Aspen branch of the organization.According to a statement, the foundation planned to donate more than $102,000 to Aspen Valley Hospital for work on diagnosing breast cancer. Another $25,000 in matching funds also is available.The foundation also planned to give approximately $50,000 apiece to the Cancer Survivor Center for Health and Wellbeing (a final decision on the grant is still pending) and Community Health Services, for its work in helping detect the disease and referring women to the appropriate health care providers.Eagle Care Medical Clinic was to receive a check for more than $32,000 for screening, the Family Visitor Programs of Glenwood Springs was to receive $15,000, and the Grand River Hospital District in western Garfield County was to get more than $23,000.The Komen Foundation was to distribute more than $84,000 to the Mountain Family Health Centers in Glenwood Springs to pay for breast exams for low-income and uninsured women, and Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains was to get more than $14,000 for exams for the uninsured.Valley View Hospital was to receive nearly $147,000 for several breast-cancer related programs; a support group run by Kathleen Callahan was to get $3,000; and a cancer patient retreat in Manchester was to receive $750.The Komen Foundation has been providing funding for basic, clinical and “transitional” cancer research, and for projects in the area of breast health education, screening and treatment, since 1982.Nancy Brinker founded the organization after her sister, Susan G. Komen, died of breast cancer at 36. The foundation annually holds Race For the Cure fundraising and educational events around the country.The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.