Susan G. Komen West Texas today announced $100,000 in new community grants in Greater Amarillo for 2017.
To help achieve Susan G. Komen’s bold goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen West Texas annually funds local projects to help meet the most critical needs of the community, including projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education, medical supplies and financial assistance.
Approximately 182 women die of breast cancer each year in West Texas.
This year’s local Komen grant was awarded to The Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Foundation. The Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation’s (HCHF) program in collaboration with the Harrington Breast Center (HBC) will provide screening mammography & diagnostic breast evaluation for underserved women in the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. The project will target women of all ages who do not have the necessary funding to pay for these services. This project utilizes the mobile mammography coach, which removes the barriers of travel cost & lack of transportation, as well as the physical HBC location.
“We are so thankful for the friends, family and neighbors who fight alongside us, helping to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in Texas, both on the ground and through research,” said Jana Hunter, executive director.
Susan G. Komen Greater Amarillo and Komen Lubbock Area joined forces as Komen West Texas on February 1 to expand their service area, increase their impact, and strengthen operations. Komen West Texas will serve 62 counties: the same counties in the Panhandle and South Plains, plus an additional 20 in the South Plains and Permian Basin areas. Together they have granted out $5.2 million to organizations in their communities to address the most critical local needs and almost $2 million to research.