CAA Receives Komen Grant
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 4:44PM

The Mountains to Midlands Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded a $42,839 grant to the Cancer Association of Anderson to assist Anderson County breast cancer patients. It is the largest single grant awarded by any foundation to CAA since its founding in 2003.

The grant from Komen for the Cure will pay treatment-related expenses of breast cancer patients suchKathryn Smith, left, Executive Director of the Cancer Association of Anderson, accepts grant funding from Tammy van Gieson, Board President of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  as gas mileage, prescription bills and other out-of-pocket costs as they fight their disease. The program will also address the after-effects of treatment, both physical and emotional, by putting survivors through the AnMed Health Oncology Rehab program and Survivor School, a course taught by Dr. Chasse Bailey-Dorton and other hospital staff and managed by CAA. 

“We are thrilled to have gotten such a generous grant from the Mountains to Midlands Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” said Kathryn Smith, executive director of CAA and a breast cancer survivor herself. “It’s good to know that the majority of the funds this affiliate is raising stay in the community it serves. Komen makes a real difference in the lives of women with breast cancer.”

Mrs. Smith said CAA will be able to help up to 120 breast cancer patients in the coming year with the funds. “That’s the majority of the women diagnosed with breast cancer in Anderson County in a year’s time,” she pointed out. 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Mountains to Midlands Affiliate is one of 125 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment. 

“To meet needs we have discovered right here in our community, this year’s grant slate specifically addresses access to care and screening services and provides tangible support services for breast cancer survivors,” said Liza Owens-West, Affiliate Grant Chair.

The Cancer Association of Anderson has been the recipient of Komen grants totaling more than $200,000 since its founding in 2003. “It is humbling and rewarding to be in partnership with an internationally respected organization such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” Mrs. Smith said.

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