April 7, 2010 Edition

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Healthcare centers receive grant

Elizabeth Clark (left), Susan G Komen financial and missions director, and Sue Mosley (right), Susan G Komen grant chairman, present a grant to Brigitte McDonald (second from left), executive director of Corning Area Healthcare Inc., and Amanda Wiedeman, administrative secretary for Corning Area Healthcare Inc.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Arkansas Affiliate recently awarded 24 grants totaling almost $1.2 million to Arkansas organizations.

Corning Area Healthcare, Inc. / Community Healthcare Center in Walnut Ridge was awarded a grant of $14,546 for its program entitled Breast Cancer Awareness.

"This project will provide mammograms, breast ultrasounds, surgical consults and biopsy services to our uninsured, low income women in Clay, Randolph and Lawrence counties," said Brigitte McDonald, executive director of Corning Area Healthcare.

This year marks the 16th for the Komen organization to award grants to programs around the state that are working in the fight against breast cancer.

"Our grants have become more crucial than ever," said Arkansas Affiliate Executive Director Sherrye McBryde. "The BreastCare program administered through the Department of Health in the past has covered 14,000 women with free mammograms. It will provide only 9,000 this year. Our grant money is often the only source for the women being turned away by BreastCare."

The Komen Arkansas Affiliate first awarded grants totaling $78,700 in 1994. This year the largest grant totaled $217,770, and the smallest was $1,920.

"We are fortunate in Arkansas to have the support of so many for Race for the Cure," McBryde said. "The efforts of our race participants, volunteers and sponsors allow us to provide funding to our outstanding grantees. They enable us to work toward fulfilling our promise to end breast cancer forever. While we are delighted with this year's results, there are many worthy programs that go unfunded. Our goal for 2010 is to raise more funds to assist even more women throughout the state."

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