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Hearts & Hands gets mammogram grant
Komen Coastal Georgia to host annual race Saturday
W Hearts and Hands award photo
Hearts & Hands Clinic of Statesboro recently was awarded a grant from the Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help pay for mammograms for uninsured Bulloch County residents. - photo by Special

Race for the Cure
What: Susan G. Komen Savannah Race for the Cure

When: Saturday

Where: Race starts and ends at Telfair Square in downtown Savannah
Why: Raise money for the Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Participants often race in honor of a loved one or friend who has been touched by breast cancer.

Registration: Online registration is closed, but in-person registration will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Friday in the Jepson Center, 207 W. York St., Savannah, or on race day between 6 and 9 a.m. Registration fee on race day is $45.

More information: Visit www.savannahraceforthecure.org, email info@komen
coastalgeorgia.org or call (912) 232-2535.

    The Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently announced that it awarded a record $345,000 in grants that will fund a range of community services from educational programs to screening mammograms.
    This brings the total investment in Komen Coastal Georgia’s service area, which includes Bulloch County, to more than $1.3 million dollars since the affiliate’s inception. 
    One of the eight grants will be awarded to the Hearts & Hands Clinic of Statesboro, which provides basic health services free of charge to low-income, uninsured Bulloch County residents. The $24,921 Komen grant will pay for mammograms.
    Komen Coastal Georgia’s biggest fundraiser of the year is coming up Saturday: the Susan G. Komen Savannah Race for the Cure. Grant funding is generated through that race and a number of affiliate fundraisers held throughout the year.
    Up to 75 percent of net proceeds from all funds generated stay in the region and are used to fund programs that address the specific unmet breast cancer needs in Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties.
    Last year, Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates — working in concert with local organizations — awarded more than $93 million in needs-based community grants. That's in addition to the 25 percent of their income affiliates contribute toward the many millions the organization invests each year in promising research.
    Hearts & Hands has developed its mammogram program to “decrease the ethnic and socioeconomic disparity that exists in the stages of breast cancer diagnosis between low-income, uninsured and often minority women and those falling outside of that description,” according to a grant abstract provided by Komen Coastal Georgia.
    Research shows that black women are diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer more often than most other demographic groups.
    The grant will allow Hearts & Hands to provide mammograms for 120 women Bulloch County, half of whom will be black, the grant abstract says.
    “Project activities will include sharing Komen Coastal Georgia's message at a minimum of four health fairs, developing partnerships at 12 community locations — specifically, churches, barber shops and social service centers — equipping five Hearts and Hands patients per month with education about mammography services and tools to share resources with others, and by proving free mammograms and diagnostic and treatment services as needed,” the grant abstract says.
    Other recipients of Komen Coastal Georgia grants, and the names of their programs, will be:
    Coastal Health District — “Early Detection Saves Lives”
    Community Health Mission — “One Woman at a Time”
    Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care — “CVCPHC Mammogram Screening Program”
    Effingham Hospital — “Comprehensive Education and Screening Program”
    Hearts and Hands — “Hearts & Hands for Mammograms”
    Liberty County Health Department — “BRAVE III Program”
    Memorial Health — “Memorial Mammogram Program 2013”
    Southeast Georgia Health System — “Mammograms in Motion”
    “Through our grants program, we are able to provide life-saving services to Coastal Georgia residents that might otherwise fall through the cracks,” said Beth Desloges, the executive director of Komen Coastal Georgia. “This year we focused our funding on increasing access to care for underinsured women, particularly rural, African-American and Latina populations”.
    The Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate is one of 123 Komen affiliates worldwide — all pledging to relieve suffering from the disease and to end breast cancer forever.

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