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Denver Affiliate of Komen for the Cure Awards $3+ million in New Funding

The Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure granted $3.013 million to not-for-profits in the Denver and the surrounding communities at its April 10 Hope for the Cure Celebration. Last year’s record $2.7+ million rose to $3.013 this year, with 2007’s 29 grants rising to 35. The Celebration event honored breast cancer projects serving uninsured and underinsured individuals throughout a 12-county service area and statewide service providers. The Komen Denver Affiliate also invested more than $1 million to international and national breast cancer research through Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Program. The Affiliate’s service area includes Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Larimer, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Park and Summit counties. In addition to this major funding, the Affiliate awards small grants throughout the year.

“Continually increasing participation in our major fundraising events, the annual Komen Denver Race for the Cure® and A Pink Tie Affair®, plus other assistance, has made expanding the range of our grants possible,” said Marilyn Saltzman, president of the Denver Affiliate. Third party events naming Komen as a beneficiary, sponsorships, cash contributions, matching funds and donations of in-kind goods and services add to the funds generated by these signature events.

The Denver Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure raises awareness of breast cancer and breast health as well as money for breast health and breast cancer programs. The Denver Affiliate is a grant-making organization and as such does not fund breast health services directly. Through a well-established and rigorous grants process, the Affiliate grants the money it raises to other not-for-profits which provide education, screening, treatment and treatment support to the community at-large. One service funded are projects providing “navigation” to help women diagnosed with breast cancer find the appropriate resources and services to “navigate” the complex health care system. Many provide screening mammograms for low-income women who otherwise would not get them. “We believe that education and early diagnosis, which we fund, have been key elements in improved survival rate,” Saltzman added. Twenty-five years ago, when breast cancer was diagnosed before it spread, the five-year survival rate was just 74 percent. Today, it is 98 percent. Nearly 75 percent of women over the age of 40 now receive regular mammograms compared to just 30 percent in 1982.

2007-2008 Komen Grantees

Andre Center for Breast Health Education and Navigation
• $35,000
Navigation services to medically underserved women diagnosed with breast cancer

Boulder Community Hospital
• $75,000
Development of a treatment program in Boulder County

*Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center
• $45,000
Screening services to underinsured or uninsured women living in or accessing health care services in Boulder County

*Center for African American Health
• $50,000
Outreach, education, screenings, and navigation support to women in their community

*Clinica Tepeyac
• $75,000
Breast health education and screening services to 500 women

Colorado Cancer Coalition
• $15,000
Publication of the English and Spanish versions of the 2007-2008 Colorado Breast Cancer Support Resources Directory

Colorado Cancer Research Program
• $65,000
Development of a clinical trials program for medically underserved women

*Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
• $60,000
Breast health education, screening, and diagnostic services for homeless women

*Colorado Community Health Network
• $312,000
Breast health education, screening, and treatment support services provided through five health centers

*Denver Health Foundation
• Support for the Women’s Mobile Services’ mammography van

$375,000 • Support for the Denver Health Breast Cancer Treatment Assistance Program

$60,000 • Support for Denver Health’s clinical trials program

Full Circle Inter-Generational Project
• $20,000
Education and screening services for African American women

*Hereditary Cancer Clinic at the University of Colorado Cancer Center
• $59,750
Genetic counseling and genetic testing to uninsured and underinsured women with a strong family history of breast cancer

*Inner City Health Center
• $50,000
Breast health education and screening services

Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment
• $59,050
Screening and diagnostic services to women living in and around Jefferson County

*Jewish Family Service
• $45,000
Support for the “Another Pair of Hands” program

LifeSpark Cancer Resources
• $12,540
Healing touch and other complementary therapies to Latinas receiving breast cancer treatment through Denver Health

McKee Medical Center Foundation
• $30,000
Development of a Komen treatment program for women living in Loveland

*Mount Evans Hospice, Inc.
• $20,000
Home health and hospice services for women living in the mountain communities west of Denver

*Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation

$100,000 • Comprehensive breast cancer treatment services for women living in Larimer County

$22,801 • Increasing enrollment in breast cancer clinical trials among medically underserved women

$43,872 • Navigation services to medically underserved breast cancer patients

*Project Angel Heart • $65,000 Providing freshly prepared home-delivered meals to clients affected by breast cancer and their dependents

Raymond Wentz Foundation • $40,000 Emergency financial assistance to breast cancer patients

*Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Foundation
• $65,000 Financial assistance to breast cancer patients

*Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation $11,817 Screening mammograms at the Neighbors in Health fair

$575,000 Comprehensive breast cancer treatment through Caritas Clinic

$138,000 Support for the third year of operations for Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital’s mobile mammography van

*Saint Anthony Health Foundation
• $150,000
Treatment and supportive services

*Seniors’ Resource Center • $40,000
Transportation services for breast health and breast cancer treatment services

*Sense of Security • $65,000
Sustained non-medical financial assistance

*Summit Community Care Clinic • $44,519
Screening and diagnostic services for women in Park and Summit counties

Summit Medical Center Foundation • $10,000
Purchase a new mammography machine for Summit County

*Tri-County Health Department • $59,866
Screening and diagnostic services for women living in Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties

*Women’s Resource Center • $103,973
Breast health education, breast cancer screening services, and patient navigation services to women living in Larimer County

* Indicates agencies receiving continuing support for previous year’s grants.

About the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

About Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
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. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, it has invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-800 I’M AWARE.