Breast cancer organization funds local programs.
Local breast cancer organizations are getting money for early detection programs and to educate Central Virginians about the disease to save lives.

The Richmond affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded 14 grants totaling $590,367 to programs providing breast cancer services to Central Virginia.

Linda Tiller, Executive Director of the Affiliate, says to meet the needs we have discovered right here in our community, this year's grant slate specifically addresses access to breast health services for uninsured or underinsured women.

Among the grant recipients, a big supporter of Buddy Check 6, Dr. Ellen Shaw de Parades. Her foundation received a $50,000 to offer free screenings for underserved women.

And, a program I profiled for Buddy Check 6, the Check It Out program received a grant totaling $24,500. Volunteers with Check It Out teach high school and college students about breast and testicular cancer, and early detection.

According to Komen, the statewide mortality rate is almost 26 women per 100, 00.

The Richmond affiliate has invested in programs that will reduce mortality by improving access mammography and raising awareness of the importance of screening among underserved women, especially Latinas and African American.

Last year, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Affiliates, working in concert with local organizations, awarded more than $80 million dollars in needs-based community grants.

The Komen Richmond Affiliate is part of the 125-Affiliate network of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting to end breast cancer forever.

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