Two Bulloch County agencies have been awarded more than $80,000 in grants from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Coastal Georgia Affiliate.
The Bulloch County Board of Health will receive $59,949 to establish “Bulloch’s Breast Brigade.” This program will include clinical breast exams, mammograms, diagnostic testing for women ages 40-64 whose screening outcome is abnormal, and referrals for treatment.
And for the second straight year, the Hearts & Hands Clinic will receive a Komen Coastal Georgia grant for its “Hearts & Hands for Mammograms” program. This year, the grant is $27,741, an increase from the $24,921 the nonprofit free clinic for uninsured Bulloch County residents received last year from Komen.
In all, Komen Coastal Georgia awarded $320,000 to six community programs during its annual grant awards luncheon Tuesday. This brings the total investment in Coastal Georgia to $1.6 million.
“Our grants program allows us to reach rural, uninsured and underinsured women and men in our community to make sure their breast health needs are being met,” said Beth Desloges, the executive director of Komen Coastal Georgia. “We work to make sure that people are aware that the funds raised here, stay here to help our local women. This luncheon is one way we accomplish that.”
The Bulloch County Board of Health will offer its Breast Brigade services to women who are uninsured or underinsured. The Bulloch County Health Department and the Southeast Health District have the goal of increasing screening and early detection, and decreasing late-stage detection, of breast cancer. That will be accomplished through increased screening and education for underserved populations in the county.
Hearts & Hands volunteers and staff will work with the community to provide free screening mammograms, diagnostic services and educational programming to uninsured and underinsured Bulloch County women, with emphasis on those who identify as African-American.
Komen Coastal Georgia raises the bulk of its funding through the Savannah Race for the Cure, which is scheduled for April 12.
“Since 2011, we have funded over 5,000 screening and diagnostic services for at-risk women and men in our community, and over 90 treatable breast cancers have been detected through Komen-funded programs,” said Caroline Keller, the board president of Komen Coastal Georgia.
Komen Coastal Georgia serves nine counties: Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh.
For more information on the Savannah Race for the Cure, visit www.komencoastalgeorgia.org.