Komen Houston Awards Grants to Local Breast Cancer Organizations

Leading Local Breast Cancer Organization Continues to Guide Breast Cancer Research and Life Saving Efforts
with Dollars Raised from the Race for the Cure  

HOUSTON (July 19, 2018) – Susan G. Komen® Houston, the leading force in breast cancer research and life saving efforts, announced $400,000 in new community grants for 2018, working towards the bold goal to reduce breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen Houston funds local projects to help meet the most critical needs of the community, including local projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education, medical supplies and financial assistance to the community.

Registration has officially opened for Komen Houston’s largest annual fundraiser, Race for the Cure, taking place October 6, 2018 in Downtown Houston. The dollars raised through Race for the Cure participation and fundraising directly benefits the local community and funds local grants for the year. Local participation is crucial to reducing the number of deaths due to breast cancer in Houston. Those interested in joining the race to end breast cancer can visit komen-houston.org to create a team and start fundraising.

“Every day, three cases of breast cancers are diagnosed at later, harder-to-treat stages and in 2018, over 586 people in Komen Houston’s seven-county region will die from breast cancer.” said Marjorie Landry, Interim Executive Director of Komen Houston. “We are thankful for the friends, family and neighbors who raise funds, helping to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in our area, both on the ground and through research. Our work in the community is just getting started.”

Komen Houston is dedicated to bettering the lives of those facing breast cancer by fundraising and providing grants that support community education, screening and treatment in all seven counties it serves, including Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery. Since 1990, the local organization has granted over $39 million to local organizations that provide life-saving services to assist at-risk, underserved and uninsured men and women throughout Houston and the seven county area it serves, and $14 million to Komen’s research grants program.

In 2018, Komen Houston is pleased to support the following funded partners:

Baylor College of Medicine
Pink For Life: Facilitating Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment in Underserved & Minority Women Project provides funding for patient navigation for those seeking services at Smith Clinic.

Bayside Healthcare Foundation
The Breast Cancer Care Project provides screening and diagnostic services to the rural population in Chambers County.

D’Feet Breast Cancer, Inc.
The D’Feet Breast Cancer Mammography Project provides screening and diagnostic services to underserved and uninsured women who reside in Galveston County.

 Harris County Hospital District Foundation
The Navigators to Success Project provides patient navigators to ensure prompt care for underserved women seeking breast health services at Harris Health System.

Health Center of Southeast Texas
The Liberty County Breast Cancer Outreach, Screening and Diagnostic Project provides breast cancer screening, diagnostics and treatment to uninsured and underserved women.

Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation
The Houston Methodist Breast Health Initiative Project provides screening, diagnostic and treatment services for medically underserved women in the greater Houston area.

Northeast Hospital Foundation
Project Mammogram provides screening and diagnostic services to medically underserved, low income individuals living in Harris, Montgomery and Liberty counties.

Reconstruction of a Survivor
The Survivors Offering Support Project improves the quality of life for breast cancer survivors by providing support group services.

Texas Southern University
The Texas Southern University Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention Center provides educational sessions, low/no-cost screening mammograms, diagnostic services and patient navigation to appropriate places following abnormal screening results to underserved African American women in the Third Ward community.

The Rose
The Continuum of Care for Breast Health Project provides a full spectrum of breast healthcare for a diverse group of women in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties who are uninsured or unable to pay.

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
The Komen Complete Care Project provides screening mammograms and diagnostic services to uninsured women residing in southeast Texas.

About Susan G. Komen® Houston
Susan G. Komen® Houston is the local leader in breast health services, focused on bettering the lives of those facing breast cancer and meeting the most critical needs of the local communities it serves and funding cutting-edge breast cancer research. Throughout Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties, Komen Houston connects patients to breast health resources, eliminates disparities by providing financial assistance to those in breast cancer treatment and collaborates within our communities.

Established in 1990 by passionate volunteers, Komen Houston has granted over $50 million to local programs for breast cancer education, life-saving screening and treatment programs and innovative, cutting-edge research. If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities or get information about the Komen Houston Race for the Cure® and other events, visit www.komen-houston.org or call 713-783-9188.