Local Breast Health Program Awarded Funding from Susan G. Komen® Columbus
OhioHealth was recently awarded $200,564 from the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® to provide imaging and treatment/survivorship services to an estimated 1,000 women in central Ohio. OhioHealth was one of 20 breast health programs to receive more than $1.4 million in funding from Komen Columbus.
"This incredible outcome is a true testament to the spirit of our community and to the thousands of people in Central and Southeastern Ohio who care deeply about the health and well-being of their neighbors," said Katie Carter, executive director of Komen Columbus. "Because of the unwavering support of our donors, corporate sponsors, Race participants, advocates and volunteers, we will be able to fund breast cancer screening, treatment and education programs for thousands of women and men in our community."
The $1.4 million was raised through the efforts of our supporters participating in the many special events and fundraisers held annually, including the annual Komen Columbus Race for the Cure®. The funds will help the OhioHealth Breast Health Program combat breast cancer incidence and mortality. It will also help find solutions for disparities in breast cancer across populations and aid cutting-edge programs in finding a cure.
Komen Columbus is the only breast cancer organization in Central and Southeastern Ohio committed to providing free services for every step of the breast cancer journey.
OhioHealth plans to use the Komen funds to provide breast imaging services and education to an estimated 1,000 marginalized women defined by under/uninsured, low-income and/or minority status. In the case of abnormal screening mammograms, a follow-up diagnostic mammogram and/or breast ultrasound will be performed. Additionally, a portion of the grant will go toward improving the quality of life and continuity of care for marginalized women.
"It is humbling to receive this generous grant and we thank Susan G. Komen Columbus on behalf of the patients whom it will benefit," said Pauline K. Russ, OhioHealth System Program Director of Breast Health. "At OhioHealth, we are honored to be a vehicle in assisting Komen's progress toward its mission, by empowering people and ensuring quality care for all."