Funding for Community Health
Since 1995, Komen South Carolina affiliates have awarded more than $13 million to community non-profits for breast health programs! Komen Lowcountry’s investment has funded breast cancer detection, treatment support services and breast health education in 17 South Carolina counties. The funds Komen Lowcountry grants to non-profits serving our local citizens have made a positive difference in the lives of those facing breast cancer, as well as their families and their communities.
The goal of our Community Grants program is to provide funding for high impact breast cancer programs that work to reduce rates of late stage diagnosis and breast cancer mortality with an emphasis on eliminating breast cancer disparities.
Through our 2017-18 Community Grants, Komen Lowcountry has invested more than $114,000 in screening, diagnosis, treatment support and education programs.
- Allendale County Hospital $45, 755
“Pink Prevention”, funded by the Susan G. Komen Lowcountry Affiliate, provides breast health services to uninsured or under-insured women, ages 21-64, who do not qualify for the Best Chance Network. Women who reside in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, and Hampton counties are eligible for these services, which include: screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, biopsies, clinical breast exams, breast health educational materials and public awareness. The need for this program continues to grow as increasing financial barriers inhibit access to breast health care among a growing uninsured population. The program will impact our community by removing the financial barriers that prevent women /men from receiving needed breast health services, the results of which will be measured by data recorded throughout the year. Call (803) 632-3311 X 240 for more information and to see if you qualify for the program.
- Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. $68,598
“Reach Out to Care” will eliminate gaps of care to reduce deaths from breast cancer for our target population of African American, Hispanic, and Migrant populations in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton Counties (including men) who live at or below 250% poverty or underinsured allowing access to breast health awareness, mammogram screening and follow-up services. The gaps of care include education, access, transportation, the cost for annual clinical breast exam, mammograms and follow-up diagnostic care. Through Susan G. Komen and community collaborations a Breast Health Outreach Coordinator who is bilingual will increase awareness of breast health as well as assist patients accessing and receiving care. The SGK Reach Out to Care Program will provide Clinical Breast Exams and mammograms. In addition follow-up diagnostic care will be offered to patients that are referred. The impact will reach over 60,610 Lowcountry Residents. Call (843) 812-4374 for more information and to see if you qualify for the program.
Our Research Investment
Komen Lowcountry has also invested more than $3 million in global research through Susan G. Komen’s Research Awards programs. Two South Carolina research projects are currently funded by the program
Adam Soloff, Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. Soloff has been awarded $450,000 for pre-clinical testing of a novel vaccine that induces highly specialized cells within the immune system to seek out cancer cells in combination with a new investigational drug, anti-PD-L1, which blocks the ability of cancer cells to hide from the immune system. If successful, this treatment strategy could not only kill existing breast cancer cells, but also produce long-term immune memory that will prevent breast cancer recurrence.
Martina McDermott, Ph. D.
University of South Carolina
Dr. McDermott has been awarded $180,000 to determine whether the addition of a newly developed drug that targets a protein called CDK8 to ER and HER2-targeted therapies will increase the response to treatment and prevent the development of drug resistance. Dr. McDermott is inspired by her mother’s battle against breast cancer.
For more detailed information about Research Grants, click here.