Susan G. Komen Charlotte today announced $685,951 in new community grants for 2019-2020.  These awards help meet the most critical needs of the community, including projects that provide screening, diagnostics, education, lymphedema bandages and garments, and patient navigation to individuals with limited resources in its 13-county service area. These vital programs also support Susan G. Komen’s bold goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

This year’s grants were awarded to:

  1. Cabarrus Health Alliance. This grant involves screening mammograms, diagnostic testing and an evidence-based breast health education program helping individuals take action for their breast health.
  2. Care Ring Breast Health Initiative. This community grant involves clinical breast exams and establishment of a primary care provider, screening mammograms, diagnostic testing, education and patient navigation.
  3. Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast Breast Health Outreach Program. This grant involves screening mammograms, mobile mammography, 3D mammograms, diagnostic testing, education and patient navigation.
  4. Accessible Compression Therapy for an Underserved Population, through Carolinas Rehabilitation Main. This grant sees patients from multiple counties, and provides lymphedema compress garments and bandages, to manage and improve breast cancer-related lymphedema.
  5. Charlotte Community Health Clinic, Inc. This grant involves screening mammograms and in-office education, transportation to screening facilities as well as referrals for diagnostic testing.
  6. Person to Person, through Mecklenburg County Health Department. This grant involves screening mammograms, onsite mobile mammography and diagnostic testing.
  7. Novant Health Huntersville, Matthews & Mint Hill Medical Centers Screening and Diagnostic Program. This grant involves screening mammograms, mobile mammography, 3D mammograms, diagnostic testing, education and patient navigation.
  8. Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation. This grant also involves screening mammograms, 3D mammograms, mobile mammography, diagnostic testing, education and patient navigation.

“We are proud to award these funds and know thousands of lives in our community will be impacted through a number of services,” said Stamie Despo, Executive Director at Susan G. Komen Charlotte. “These grants get us one step closer to our vision of a world without breast cancer.”

Susan G. Komen is the only nonprofit organization battling breast cancer on all fronts, including compassionate patient care, public policy advocacy, community health outreach and critical research. Since 1998, Komen Charlotte has funded over $17.5 million in community projects serving local women and men, while contributing more than $6.5 million to Komen’s national research grants program.

Seventy-five percent of net proceeds raised by Komen Charlotte are invested in community health programs in Komen Charlotte’s 13-county service area. The remaining twenty-five percent of net proceeds support the national Susan G. Komen Research Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research.

“We are so thankful for the friends, family and neighbors who fight alongside us, helping to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in North Carolina and South Carolina, both on the ground and through research,” said Despo.