Komen Awards $464,000 for Breast Health

Thanks to funds raised at the 2009 Susan G. Komen Vermont-New Hampshire Race for the Cure, and other monies raised throughout the year, the Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure was able to award $464,690 to 19 community-based breast health programs, bringing the total sum of monies awarded locally for breast cancer education, screening and treatment to $5 million since 1992.

Home Health & Hospice Care, Nashua, NH; St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, NH; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua, Nashua, NH; Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Bennington; Green Mountain Community Medical & Social Services, Londonderry; Central Vermont Medical Center, Barre; Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland; NH/VT Emergency Fund, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH; North Country Hospital, Newport; Northshire Women's Cancer Support Group, Manchester Center; Porter Hospital, Middlebury; New Hampshire Minority Health Coalition, Manchester, NH; UVM, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, (three grants); Vermont Department of Health; Forest Moon, Jacksonville; 10th Annual Stowe Weekend of Hope, Stowe; 13th Annual Breast Cancer Conference, Vermont Cancer Center, UVM, College of Medicine, Burlington.

"The grant process is the culmination of the Affiliate's work in both states over the last year" said Terri Hathaway, Grants Chair of the Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate. "While raising money to support our grant program is a critical focus, we also focus on educating people about breast cancer, connecting patients and their families to treatment information, and highlighting the research being supported by Komen for the Cure at a national level. Toward that end, we were very happy that we were able to send $116,013 to Komen for research."

Through events like the Komen VT-NH Race for the Cure, the VT-NH Affiliate has netted more than $6.7 million in 18 years. Of that, more than $1.7 million supported Komen's research program and more than $5 million underwrote breast cancer education, screening and treatment in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Get more information, volunteer and register for this year's race - which takes place at Hildene Meadows, in Manchester, Vermont, on Saturday, July 17 - at www.vtnhkomen.org.

For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

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