NEWS RELEASE_ Komen Upstate New York awards over $400,000 for breast cancer services

Susan G. Komen® Upstate New York awards over $400,000 for breast cancer services

Buffalo, NY (April 24, 2019) – Susan G. Komen Upstate New York announced today that it has awarded $407,592 for 15 breast cancer or breast health programs that support life-saving breast cancer initiatives and programs for local women.  Awards are based on project alignment with Komen’s Bold Goal: to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

“The funds we award have been raised in our local communities, and therefore, are granted to local projects that can meet the most critical needs of our friends, family, neighbors and loved ones across the counties we serve,” said Kate Flannery, Executive Director for the Susan G. Komen Upstate New York Affiliate. “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection, access to care, and increased advocacy for patient rights is urgently need because it’s what our mothers, daughters, wives, best friends and co-workers deserve.”

Funded projects focus on increasing vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services, and patient support, especially in rural and urban communities where access to care is challenging. Each project includes a component of education, patient navigation, increased access to screening, and/or treatment assistance.

For the 2019-2020 funding Cycle, the Susan G. Komen Upstate NY Affiliate granted awards locally to the following organizations throughout the 49 county service area:

  • Adirondack Health: “Breast Health Navigators” – $31,906
  • ECMC Foundation: “We Drive – Early Detection through Mobile Mammography Screening” – $67,143
  • Erie County Health Department: “WNY Cancer Services Program” – $40,410
  • The Fund for Women: “Barriers to Care” – $15,000
  • The Guthrie Clinic: “Eliminating Barriers to Access for Breast Screening & Diagnostics” – $15,000
  • The International Institute: “The Immigrant and Refugee Breast Health Awareness Project” – $35,856
  • Kevin Guest House: “Lodging Support for Breast Cancer Patients and Caregivers” – $5,000
  • Onondaga County Health Department: “Breast Cancer Outreach, Education, and Screening to At-Risk Women in the City of Syracuse, NY” – $24,080
  • The Research Foundation of State University of New York on behalf of the University at Buffalo: “Engaging Patients in Breast Health through Patient Ambassadors, Mobile Mammography, and Education” – $44,910
  • Saratoga Hospital: “The Bold Call Project” – $20,935
  • To Life!: “Bridging the Gap – Accessing Care and Support Services” – $26,117
  • University of Rochester: “UR Medicine Breast Imaging Outreach Grant” – $15,000
  • Upstate Hospital Foundation: “She Matters – Increasing Screening Mammography in Underserved Women” – $26,235
  • YWCA of Binghamton and Broome County: “ENCOREplus Breast Health, Outreach, Education, Advocacy” – $20,000
  • YWCA of Elmira and the Twin Tiers: “Pink Boutique Patient Relief Fund” – $20,000

Collectively, almost $15.5 million has been awarded to Upstate New York community-based services supporting breast cancer initiatives via the Komen annual grant program.

“Since 1989, there has been a 39% decline in mortality for those diagnosed with breast cancer,” remarked Flannery, who notes there is still more work to be done both locally and on a national level with regard to funding breakthrough research. “By boldly turning education into action, and focusing on those with the fewest resources within our communities, we can continue this trend of live-saving progress.”

Funds used to support the Komen Upstate New York’s annual grants program are raised within the Affiliate throughout the year, most notable at Komen’s signature events, which will take place in three cities this coming May and June:

  • Central New York MORE THAN PINK WalkTM
    May 18, 2019 | Chevy Court of the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse
  • Twin Tiers Race for the Cure®
    May 19, 2019 | Chumung Canal Trust in Elmira
  • Western New York MORE THAN PINK WalkTM
    June 8, 2019 | Buffalo RiverWorks

Information and registration, along with other events supporting the Susan G. Komen Affiliate, is available at


About Susan G. Komen and Komen Upstate New York

Susan G. Komen Upstate New York supports the Komen Mission: To save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. With offices in Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, and Elmira, Komen Upstate New York is the resource for breast cancer and breast health needs across a 49-county service area, including three counties in Pennsylvania. The Affiliate supports research, patient care programs, community-based screening initiatives and advocacy for patient rights, for both men and women, affected by this disease.

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

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