More than $25 Million in Grants Given Since 1993; Funding Ensures Atlanta Women Detect and Survive Breast Cancer

Atlanta – April 3, 2014 – Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta today announced that 18 local healthcare organizations will share $1.6 million in grants in 2014, enabling thousands of Metro Atlanta women to detect and survive breast cancer.

The 2014 grants also lead Komen Atlanta to an important milestone: Since 1993, Komen Atlanta has distributed more than $25 million in grants in the Metro Atlanta community.

“These grants give thousands of local Atlanta women access to life-saving breast screenings, mammograms, diagnostic testing, education and treatment support,” said Cati Stone, executive director of Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta.

“Seventy-five percent of the money we raise stays in Metro Atlanta, with the other 25 percent going toward research,” Stone added. “Money raised through individual donations, corporate partners and events enables Komen Atlanta and its partners to remove barriers to care because a woman’s age, race or socio-economic status should never determine whether she survives breast cancer.”

The organizations receiving the 2014 grants include healthcare providers in Atlanta and several suburban communities.  “These grantees represent a good cross section of Komen Atlanta’s grantee services and geographic diversity,” said Stone. The 18 Komen Atlanta grant recipients for 2014 are:

  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  • Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Inc.
  • Clayton County Board of Health
  • Cobb County Dept. of Public Health
  • District Four Health Services
  • Grady Health System
  • Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Dept.
  • North Fulton Community Charities
  • Northside Hospital
  • Piedmont Fayette Hospital
  • Piedmont Newnan Hospital
  • Saint Joseph’s Mercy Foundation
  • Southern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) Women’s Center at Spivey Station
  • The Good Samaritan Health Center, Inc.
  • The Health Initiative
  • TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
  • WellStar Foundation
  • YWCA of Greater Atlanta

Exact funds for each organization will be determined this spring and announced later this spring.

According to Komen Atlanta, 16 of the 18 recipients of 2014 grants are organizations that received grants in recent years. The two new grant recipients are North Fulton Community Charities and Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

“We are honored by the opportunity to partner with Susan G. Komen of Great Atlanta,” said Barbara Duffy, executive director of North Fulton Community Charities. “Being able to refer at-risk, low-income women for mammograms and follow-up care will significantly improve health outcomes and women’s wellness.”

Repeat grant recipients also described how the funds will be used by their organization. “This partnership allows us to provide free breast health services to those who are in need in South Metro Atlanta,” said Southern Regional Health System Director of Foundation Andrea Mendez. “These services are part of a complete continuum of care that is provided to breast patients at our Spivey Station campus.”

About the Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Affiliate

Komen Atlanta is the local resource for breast cancer screening, diagnostic and support services. Through events, such as Race for the Cure, and contributions, the affiliate raises funds to enable women to detect and survive breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of all funds stay in Atlanta to provide breast health services for women who could not otherwise afford them. Twenty-five percent supports national research efforts to finding a cure. Komen Atlanta has raised more than $36 million since its inception in 1991. The affiliate is part of the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, which strives to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen is the largest private funder in the fight against breast cancer and has invested nearly $2 billion toward the cause. For more information visit KomenAtlanta.org.

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Stephanie Libby