White River Health System Foundation Receives Komen Grant

Batesville, AR.– The Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen handed out 21 grants totaling over $900 thousand to Arkansas organizations.

White River Health System Foundation in Batesville received a $33,484 grant for its program entitled The “GYM” (Get Your Mammogram) Project.  This project provides free mammograms, ultrasounds and ultrasound guided biopsies to women or men who do not have insurance or whose insurance will not cover the cost of the procedures. The program also has arrangements with local physicians to provide clinical breast exams and referrals for the procedures for women (and men when needed) who are not under the care of a primary care provider and/or cannot afford the cost of a clinic visit.  For more information on the GYM Project please call Dana Thomas at 870-262-1035.  

This year marks the 21st year for the Komen organization to award grants to programs around the state who are working in the fight against breast cancer.  These funds are predominantly raised through the Race for the Cure® chaired in 2014 by Ashley Hurst.  Also introduced was 2015 Race for the Cure ® Chair Jack Powell.

A total of $917,526 was awarded. Also announced was $275,000 of money raised in Arkansas that will go directly into Komen National Research grants to find a cure for breast cancer.

We are always proud of the opportunity to help the women in our state with our grants,” said Arkansas Affiliate Executive Director Sherrye McBryde. “Our grants are a direct result of the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our supporters. The recipients of these funds were chosen because they reflect the commitment of the Arkansas Affiliate to assure the women of Arkansas get the vital breast health services they need. Additionally, $275,000 has been used for breast cancer research to help find the cure.”

The Komen Arkansas Affiliate first awarded grants totaling $78,700 in 1994.  This year the largest grant totaled $159,501 and the smallest awarded was $8,955.

"We were so pleased to be able to raise almost $1 million dollars that will have a direct impact on the women and men of Arkansas fighting breast cancer,” says Komen Arkansas Board Chair Leila Dockery. “Whether they fight for someone they love, or fight for themselves, or for their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or children, we join them in their efforts to eradicate this disease. We worked hard to earn this money and we are so proud to distribute to such trustworthy, valuable, impactful programs. We are also pleased to send $275,000 to Komen National for research.  Our fight continues until a cure is found."

Komen for the Cure was established as the Komen Foundation in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36.  Thanks to more than 75,000 volunteers dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, Komen for the Cure with its Affiliate Network is the world’s largest private funder of community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs.  Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and donors, Komen for the Cure has raised over one billion dollars for the fight against breast cancer.