More women across the region will have access to early detection breast cancer screenings thanks to a recent donation from a state chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The organization’s NC Triangle to the Coast has awarded $50,000 to New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation’s (NHRMC’s) Pink Ribbon Project. Triangle to the Coast provides funding for breast health services, education and outreach in a 29-county region of the state.
According to a hospital spokeswoman, the grant will allow the Pink Ribbon Project to broaden the scope of its mission to give free mammograms to low-income women in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Duplin, Columbus and Onslow counties. The Susan G. Komen gift will directly fund 300 such screenings.
“We are grateful for the support of Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast to help expand the Pink Ribbon Project and serve a greater number of people in need,” said Schorr Davis, NHRMC Foundation’s Vice President of Development and Executive Director. “This partnership allows the under-served in our region to have expanded access to potentially life-saving mammograms, follow-up diagnostics and services.”
Founded in 1998, the local program has raised nearly $2.5 million for the mammography screenings for women without health insurance or financial resources. Additionally, Pink Ribbon Project provides follow-up diagnostic procedures for patients who receive a suspect result, and has handed out more than 7,000 “comfort bags” to patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Komen NC Triangle to the Coast’s funds were generated through Race for the Cure events in Wilmington and the Raleigh area.
“We are delighted that the dollars raised at our annual [races] will help fund our mutual mission of providing services and support to the members of our community who may not otherwise have the financial ability to access these vital services,” Pam Kohl, executive director of the NC chapter, said.
Through events like the Races for the Cure and a charitable luncheon, Komen NC Triangle to the Coast has given more than $14 million to its designated region and helped contribute to the approximately $800 million invested globally in research.