Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona Awards $20,370 to Desert Mission for Breast Cancer Screenings and Diagnostics

The Central and Northern Arizona Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded a $20,370 grant to Desert Mission to provide breast cancer screenings and diagnostics to low-income women in the North Phoenix area.

At Desert Mission, the human services arm of John C. Lincoln Health Network, the grant from Komen CAN Arizona will increase the organization's ability to protect and improve the health of our uninsured and underinsured population, according to Desert Mission CEO Cindy Hallman.

"Often times patients come to the Desert Mission because they have completed their self-awareness check and have a concern," Hallman said. "The support from Komen allows our patients the opportunity to receive needed screening to reduce their anxiety about potential breast cancer. These dollars help us alleviate financial concerns so the women are able to focus on themselves and their families."

In April, Komen CAN Arizona gave more than $1.6 million to fund breast cancer screening, education, treatment and research. More than $1.2 million will fund 15 community grants throughout central and northern Arizona, while more than $450,000 will go toward national research efforts. Since its inception in 1993, Komen CAN Arizona has granted more than $24.2 million — making it the largest private grantor of community breast cancer funds in Arizona.

The community grants program helps Komen CAN Arizona to carry out its mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by partnering with nonprofit organizations throughout medically underserved communities to fill in the critical gaps of service.

"Part of delivering our promise is working day to day with our community partners to ensure that the women in our community do not go without vital screening and treatment services while we navigate the changing healthcare landscape, both locally and nationwide," said Beverly Kruse, executive director for Komen CAN Arizona. "Collaboration is key to reaching our goal, and we're fortunate to work with so many organizations whose missions align with ours."

The Komen CAN Arizona community grants program is funded by money raised at the annual Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure® taking place Oct. 13, 2013. Interested individuals can register now by visiting or by calling 602-346-CURE (2873). Also key to the Affiliate's Race fundraising efforts is sponsor support, which allows Komen's dollars to go even farther. Komen CAN Arizona is grateful to welcome back Fry's Food Stores as its VIP Partner for the 2013 Race.

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