Determined to save lives and end breast cancer forever, the Greater Kansas City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded 22 grants totaling nearly $917,000 to programs providing breast cancer services in the Greater Kansas City area.

“Every two years, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Kansas City conducts a Community Profile to determine the needs in our community. Grant priorities for this funding cycle included educating women and men throughout our community about their risk for breast cancer, making breast screenings more accessible, and outreach to groups who are at highest risk but do not get screened,” said Theresa Osenbaugh, MSW, Community Outreach Manager of the Greater Kansas City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

Some of current grants funded include: Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute’s Mobile Mammography Program which provides screenings for 1500 under/uninsured women who meet program requirements at local community outings; Social Welfare Board’s Breast Cancer Prevention Program which provides education, breast exams and mammograms, for uninsured women; and Cancer Action’s Breast Cancer Patient Services which provides assistance to survivors such as: prescription assistance, transportation to treatment, breast prosthesis, wigs, and support groups for breast cancer survivors. For more information on all grants awarded by Greater Kansas City Affiliate, visit www.komenkansascity.org.

“Our grant partners are helping us educate the community about breast self-awareness, provide screenings, treatment and aftercare for breast cancer survivors,” said Osenbaugh. “When breast cancer is found before it spreads beyond the breast, the five-year survival rate in the U.S. is 98 percent. This would not be possible without the work of our grant partners.”

The Komen Greater Kansas City 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 Greater Kansas City Affiliate mobilizes and educated thousands of community members while raising funds to support community-based breast cancer programs.

Last year, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Affiliate – working with local organizations – awarded more than $80 million in needs-based community grants. That’s in addition to the 25 percent of their income that Affiliates contribute toward the many millions the organization invests each year in promising research.

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. The Kansas City Affiliate of Komen for the Cure is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community joining more than 1 million breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer.

Through events like the Komen Kansas City Race for the Cure®, the Kansas City Affiliate has invested more than $8 million in community breast health programs in a 17-county area. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in the Kansas City region. The remaining income (25%) goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to fund research. For more information, call 1-877-GO KOMEN or visit www.komenkansascity.org.