Susan G. Komen North Jersey Receives $75,000 Grant from Walgreens’ “Supporting Affiliate Education Interventions” Program
The North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen announced today that they have been awarded a two-year grant from the Walgreens “Supporting Affiliate Education Interventions,” a national Susan G. Komen program, in the amount of $75,000. The funds will be used to implement outreach and education initiatives in five areas within their nine county service area: Elizabeth, Jersey City, Newark, Newton, and Paterson. These areas were selected through the Affiliate’s Community Profile process; all have relatively high late-stage diagnosis rates and high mortality rates, and have certain socioeconomic factors that can potentially contribute to these elevated numbers.
Komen North Jersey will work with their community partners to bring the most up-to-date information on breast health and breast cancer to these designated regions and by providing free programs featuring speakers who are breast health professionals. For those individuals who lack health insurance or may be underinsured, information and referrals on where to get free breast heath screenings will also be provided.
“We are grateful to Walgreens and their customers for helping us save lives in the communities who need us most,” says Tina Jacobs, Director of Community Health for Komen North Jersey. “The ultimate goal of our outreach and education programs is to affect change in behaviors—and ensure that women and men get screened in a timely manner. Early detection is key; if cancer is found in an early stage, it is the most easily cured.”
More than $8.5 million donated by Walgreens customers across the United States is helping to pay for treatment support and screenings for breast cancer patients in communities served by the Susan G. Komen organization. Nearly half of the $8.5 million will be used to fund community health and education programs in local communities served by Komen’s national network of Affiliates; another $2 million will be used specifically to support screening mammograms for medically-underserved women through grants to local nonprofit organizations. The remainder of the funds will be used to expand Komen’s national breast care helpline, provide treatment assistance, and support special initiatives for vulnerable populations. Walgreens customers donated the funds at its more than 8,000 locations across the country during a special donation at checkout promotion in October 2012.
“It’s important for individuals to have access to programs that can help detect, as well as treat such prevalent diseases like breast cancer,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “We’d like to thank our customers for their contributions and aligned commitment to helping people get, stay and live well.”
In 2013, the Susan G. Komen organization recognized the generosity of Walgreens with their prestigious “Mission Possible” award, given each year to the Komen partner who is responsible for the most significant assistance in enabling Komen to save lives and end breast cancer forever.