Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Currently Accepting Applications for Disaster-Relief Grants; More Than $1 Million Already Granted

Up to $2 Million Earmarked for Rebuilding Facilities in Areas Affected By

Hurricanes and Supporting Organizations Providing Services to Displaced Breast

Cancer Patients



Feb 27, 2006, 00:00 ET from Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

    DALLAS, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and
 Wilma the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation designated up to
 $2 million to support efforts to rebuild non-profit institutions and providers
 of breast health and breast cancer care in affected areas, and to help
 organizations maintain the continuum of patient services in communities
 responding to the needs of displaced populations.  To date, the Foundation has
 approved more than $700,000 in patient services grants and more than $500,000
 in rebuilding grants, and continues to encourage organizations meeting
 criteria to submit grant applications.  Information and applications for Komen
 Foundation Disaster-Relief Grants can be found at
 http://www.komen.org/disaster .
     There are two types of relief grants for which organizations are
 encouraged to apply -- rebuilding grants and patient services grants.  Komen
 Foundation Rebuilding Grants are intended for non-profit institutions and
 providers of breast cancer care in areas affected by the hurricanes for
 rebuilding efforts, including but not limited to:  rebuilding facilities,
 replacing equipment, hiring staff, replacing/buying supplies, retrieving
 records, locating patients and reassigning providers.  Requests of up to
 $50,000 will be considered.
     Komen Foundation Patient Services Grants are intended to enable non-profit
 institutions and providers of breast cancer care in communities responding to
 displaced populations to maintain breast cancer services.  Funding is designed
 to assist breast cancer care providers with patient treatment needs, including
 pharmaceutical and medical supplies; transportation of patients to and from
 treatment; child care for patients undergoing treatment and patient navigation
 services. Requests of up to $30,000 will be considered.
     Current Disaster-Relief Grant recipients are using funds in a variety of
 ways, including:  Angel Flight Southeast is flying displaced breast cancer
 patients in Florida twice a week for treatment in Texas; the Louisiana Cancer
 Foundation is assisting evacuees staying in several Northeast Louisiana
 parishes with medication, transportation to treatment, post-treatment supplies
 and COBRA insurance payments due to loss of job and benefits; Boat People SOS,
 Inc. is meeting the needs of Vietnamese victims of Hurricane Katrina.
     The Komen Foundation is unable to provide funds directly to individuals
 affected by the hurricanes because funding is limited to organizations.
 However, the Komen Foundation is collaborating with organizations like
 CancerCare and the Patient Advocate Foundation to ensure patients' needs are
 being met.  Individuals with breast health needs who were affected by the
 hurricanes can contact the Komen Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care
 Helpline 1.800 I'M AWARE(R) (1.800.462.9273).  In addition, information on a
 wide variety of health and disaster-relief resources is available through the
 Komen Foundation's Web site at http://www.komen.org/disaster .
     "Komen Foundation Disaster-Relief Grants are filling critical gaps in
 breast health care in communities across the Gulf Coast as well as in areas
 still working to assist hurricane evacuees," said Rebecca Garcia, Ph.D., Komen
 Foundation vice president of health sciences.  "As a direct result of Komen
 grants, organizations such as CancerCare and the Patient Advocate Foundation
 are improving access to and quality of breast health services for patients in
 need.  However, there is still an urgent need in many affected areas, and we
 encourage organizations and providers to review our criteria and apply for
 relief grants as soon as possible."
     More than 100 Komen Foundation Affiliates serving more than 15,000
 communities are working to notify current and past grantees as well as other
 applicable area institutions about the availability of these critical funds.
     Komen Foundation Disaster-Relief Grant applications and criteria can be
 found at http://www.komen.org/disaster or by calling (972) 855-1616.  Only
 non-profit institutions and providers addressing breast health needs of those
 affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma are eligible for grant
 assistance.
 
     About the Komen Foundation
     The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by
 Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from
 breast cancer at the age of 36.  Today, the Foundation is an international
 organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through
 local Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure(R) to eradicate
 breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.  A global leader in the fight
 against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of
 innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational,
 scientific and community outreach programs around the world.  Through fiscal
 year 2005, the Komen Foundation, together with its Affiliate Network,
 corporate partners and generous donors, has invested $630 million in breast
 cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.
     For questions about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Komen
 Foundation's Web site at http://www.komen.org or call the Komen Foundation's
 National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE(R)
 (1.800.462.9273).
 
 

SOURCE Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
    DALLAS, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and
 Wilma the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation designated up to
 $2 million to support efforts to rebuild non-profit institutions and providers
 of breast health and breast cancer care in affected areas, and to help
 organizations maintain the continuum of patient services in communities
 responding to the needs of displaced populations.  To date, the Foundation has
 approved more than $700,000 in patient services grants and more than $500,000
 in rebuilding grants, and continues to encourage organizations meeting
 criteria to submit grant applications.  Information and applications for Komen
 Foundation Disaster-Relief Grants can be found at
 http://www.komen.org/disaster .
     There are two types of relief grants for which organizations are
 encouraged to apply -- rebuilding grants and patient services grants.  Komen
 Foundation Rebuilding Grants are intended for non-profit institutions and
 providers of breast cancer care in areas affected by the hurricanes for
 rebuilding efforts, including but not limited to:  rebuilding facilities,
 replacing equipment, hiring staff, replacing/buying supplies, retrieving
 records, locating patients and reassigning providers.  Requests of up to
 $50,000 will be considered.
     Komen Foundation Patient Services Grants are intended to enable non-profit
 institutions and providers of breast cancer care in communities responding to
 displaced populations to maintain breast cancer services.  Funding is designed
 to assist breast cancer care providers with patient treatment needs, including
 pharmaceutical and medical supplies; transportation of patients to and from
 treatment; child care for patients undergoing treatment and patient navigation
 services. Requests of up to $30,000 will be considered.
     Current Disaster-Relief Grant recipients are using funds in a variety of
 ways, including:  Angel Flight Southeast is flying displaced breast cancer
 patients in Florida twice a week for treatment in Texas; the Louisiana Cancer
 Foundation is assisting evacuees staying in several Northeast Louisiana
 parishes with medication, transportation to treatment, post-treatment supplies
 and COBRA insurance payments due to loss of job and benefits; Boat People SOS,
 Inc. is meeting the needs of Vietnamese victims of Hurricane Katrina.
     The Komen Foundation is unable to provide funds directly to individuals
 affected by the hurricanes because funding is limited to organizations.
 However, the Komen Foundation is collaborating with organizations like
 CancerCare and the Patient Advocate Foundation to ensure patients' needs are
 being met.  Individuals with breast health needs who were affected by the
 hurricanes can contact the Komen Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care
 Helpline 1.800 I'M AWARE(R) (1.800.462.9273).  In addition, information on a
 wide variety of health and disaster-relief resources is available through the
 Komen Foundation's Web site at http://www.komen.org/disaster .
     "Komen Foundation Disaster-Relief Grants are filling critical gaps in
 breast health care in communities across the Gulf Coast as well as in areas
 still working to assist hurricane evacuees," said Rebecca Garcia, Ph.D., Komen
 Foundation vice president of health sciences.  "As a direct result of Komen
 grants, organizations such as CancerCare and the Patient Advocate Foundation
 are improving access to and quality of breast health services for patients in
 need.  However, there is still an urgent need in many affected areas, and we
 encourage organizations and providers to review our criteria and apply for
 relief grants as soon as possible."
     More than 100 Komen Foundation Affiliates serving more than 15,000
 communities are working to notify current and past grantees as well as other
 applicable area institutions about the availability of these critical funds.
     Komen Foundation Disaster-Relief Grant applications and criteria can be
 found at http://www.komen.org/disaster or by calling (972) 855-1616.  Only
 non-profit institutions and providers addressing breast health needs of those
 affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma are eligible for grant
 assistance.
 
     About the Komen Foundation
     The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by
 Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from
 breast cancer at the age of 36.  Today, the Foundation is an international
 organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through
 local Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure(R) to eradicate
 breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.  A global leader in the fight
 against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of
 innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational,
 scientific and community outreach programs around the world.  Through fiscal
 year 2005, the Komen Foundation, together with its Affiliate Network,
 corporate partners and generous donors, has invested $630 million in breast
 cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.
     For questions about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Komen
 Foundation's Web site at http://www.komen.org or call the Komen Foundation's
 National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE(R)
 (1.800.462.9273).
 
 SOURCE  Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation