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2009-2010 Grant Recipients

The South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to have awarded $1,100,000.00 to support 29 local grantees for the current fiscal year, April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010. These grants are used to provide breast health education, breast cancer screening, as well as diagnosis and treatment support programs. Up to 75% of the funds raised through events like Komen South Florida Race for the Cure, stay in our community, the remaining 25% goes to the Komen National Award and Research Grant program.

The Komen South Florida Affiliate grants award process ensures the impartial allocation of funds for qualified nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government entities. The Community Profile, conducted every other year by the Komen South Florida Education Committee, examines the specific breast health needs within our service area. The identified needs are prioritized and serve as a guide for decision making for the Community Grants Review Panel. Only projects that address breast health needs are considered. These grants have been selected by our independent Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in serving uninsured and underinsured women/men in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties.

Community Education & Special Program Grants

ARC of Martin County: The ARC of Martin County’s Breast Health Awareness Project provides education and training for developmentally disabled females and staff who assist them in identifying risk factors and prevention of breast cancer. The registered nurse will train individuals with disabilities and staff on completing breast self-exam independently. Individuals will have their training individualized to their specific disability/need.
Project Director: Katherine Treadwell (772) 283-2525

Bethesda Women’s Health Center: “Breast Health Navigator” The Breast Health Navigator is a registered nurse who is certified in Breast Health. The Navigator assists all patients needing education and information regarding breast health. The Navigator counsels patients referred for biopsy and diagnosed with breast cancer as well as provides support for family members.
Project Director: Angelia Palahunik (561) 374-5300

Boca Raton Community – Navigation: The Center for Breast Care / Women’s Center “Clinical Navigator Program” will be based on already proven navigator programs but will be unique in the aspect of focusing on providing quality care based on our diverse patient population and community needs. The clinical navigator can take the mystery out of breast health and dispel the myths concerning care diagnosis and treatment options. Providing an environment of support, education and clinical expertise will allow the patient to receive individualized care and attention. Education is a powerful tool that arms the patient with choice and control over their health care options. The complexity of the system, the multiple appointments, and testing, financial and personal concerns will be addressed through this service. Project Director: Larraine Chrystal   (561)-955-2745

Boca Raton Community – Lymphedema Supplies: Lymphedema is a potential side effect of breast cancer treatment affecting on average 25% of breast cancer survivors. While the majority of insurance carriers cover treatment of Lymphedema, most do not cover the bandaging supplies used during treatment to reduce Lymphedema, nor the compression garments needed to maintain the reduction of Lymphedema once treatment is complete. These out of pocket expenses present a financial strain for many and may lead to ineffective long-term management of the condition if patients do not replace their compression garments on schedule. The funds will be used to provide compression bandages and compression garments for noninsured or underinsured patients in our community with or at risk for developing post mastectomy Lymphedema syndrome.
Project Director: Susan Lanham (561) 955-2100

Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope: will provide assistance to breast cancer patients of all ages who are having financial problems while undergoing treatment, with rent/mortgage, utilities, car payments, car insurance and health insurance.  The grant will provide funding for women who live in Palm Beach Country and receive treatment in the county, also women who live outside the county but receive treatment in the county.
Project Director: Jean Fischer (561) 748-7227

Caridad Clinic: “Caridad Health Clinic-Breast Care Program” This program provides breast care education, mammograms and referrals for women living in rural areas of Palm Beach County who receive free health care at the Caridad Health Clinic. Healthcare includes annual breast and gynecological exams. This unique one-stop program provides group education sessions on the Triple Touch self-breast exam technique and breast health with culturally appropriate presentations and materials followed immediately by a baseline or annual follow-up mammogram. This approach reduces barriers of transportation, language and time while promoting a trusting relationship with Caridad. The Patient Liaison expertly guides women through every step of the program.
Project Director: Lucille Guzman (561) 369-0932 Ext. 105

Community Health Center: “Breast Cancer Education Awareness for the Uninsured and Underinsure” SGCHC is a free clinic that was established in 2000. The clinic provided non- emergency medical, dental and eye care. These services are provided to the homeless, the unemployed, the working poor and the undocumented immigrants at no cost. SGCHC has been able to provide limited access to education and breast exams through the use of the HOPE van. With a nurse practitioner, dedicated to education and breast exams, SGCHC will be able to provide services to an estimated 2,500 women in this community. This will help improve early detection and outcomes for those patients diagnosed with breast cancer.
Project Director: Robert Glass (561) 840-8681

Department of Health, West Palm Beach –“Breast Cancer Education and Case Management for the uninsured and underinsured” – Hire a nurse practitioner dedicated to women’s health. She would perform women’s exams and focus on breast health education 50% of her time and the other 50% of her time would be spent on case management for our abnormal mammograms/ultrasounds.
Project Director: Dr. Amalinnette Zito (561) 514-5302

Hadassah Florida Atlantic Region: “Check It Out” This program presents breast health programs in assemblies in school districts throughout Palm Beach county with high school age women. It instructs and emphasizes the importance of regular and correct BSE. The program also discusses risk factors of breast cancer. Each assembly includes a breast cancer survivor sharing her story, a health educator and video on BSE.
Program Coordinators: Ellen Hodges and Fran Sachs (561) 498-1012

JARC: “Breast Health Initiative” will provide adults with intellectual disabilities with education and training to enhance their knowledge of breast cancer risk factors, screening procedures and breast self-examination. Participants will become familiarized with screening equipment and procedures to lessen the anxiety that may be experienced when undergoing this type of examination. Adults with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 20 and 72 from Palm Beach County will participate in this program.
Program Director: Nancy Freiwald (561) 558-2550

Jupiter Medical Center: “Breast Cancer Patient Navigator” The breast cancer patient navigator is an oncology nurse who will provide services to all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. The navigator will help guide breast cancer patients through the difficult and confusing maze of appointments and decisions to be made. The navigator will assist patients through their entire course of care: providing both patient and family members with ongoing education and support.
Patient Navigator:  (561) 743-5069  

Jupiter Medical Center: “Break for Breakfast” – provide a “drive through’ for working women (and men) in an easily accessible location. They would make 3 stops, one to receive a packet of breast health information, one where they would receive an insulated bag with breakfast items, and the last stop, a goody bag with pink ribbon items.

Martin Memorial Cancer Center: “Breast Health Navigator” This program’s purpose is to act as a guide through the health care system. The team’s goal is to navigate patients, including those with and without health insurance, giving them access to care and services in a timely fashion in our community. The Breast Health Navigator Team consists of an oncology certified registered nurse and a licensed clinical oncology social worker, who are experienced in cancer care. They would offer screening for eligibility of any needed services, including referrals, along with information and counseling focused on the special needs of a special cancer population.
Patient Navigator: Carolyn MacDonald (772) 223-5945 x3717

Palm Beach Cancer Institute Foundation, Inc.: “Moving on Life After Breast Cancer” Survivors will attend a 6 session educational workshop focusing on 1. Defining survivorship 2. Being your own advocate  3. Making positive lifestyle changes   4. Redefining what is important 5. What happened to me and what do I do now 6. Making  your way in the world. These sessions will focus on maximizing health, longevity and quality of life. Four, six-session workshops will be conducted.
Project Director: Dr. Elizabeth McKeen (561) 578-5900

Pink Tie Friends: “Financial Assistance to Uninsured and Underinsured Breast Cancer Patients in Martin and St. Lucie Counties” We provide financial assistance to under-insured breast cancer patients by paying a portion or all of their health insurance deductible. We provide negotiated payment for those breast cancer patients who have no insurance at all.
Project Director: Valerie Collins (772) 785-8581

Planned Parenthood of the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Area, Inc.: “Breast Health Community Education” This program reaches culturally diverse populations in both educational and community settings in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. The most current breast health information, including prevention and treatment options is provided in presentations available to high schools, faith-based organizations, and community groups in both English and Spanish. The goals of this program are to break the cycle of high-risk behavior and to promote early breast cancer screening habits among women in our local community through increased knowledge and healthy lifestyles. Presentations are free of charge and may be scheduled by calling Planned Parenthood.
Project Director: Maria Kulp (561) 848-6402 Ext.305

Ruth Rales -Jewish Family Service: “Lymphedema Education & Self Care”  The cancer support program at Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service in South Palm Beach County provides three Lymphedema education workshops in the community and monthly education and self-care sessions for women at risk for, or currently living with Lymphedema. The workshops facilitators include a Lymphedema specialist, an oncologist and a mental health clinician.
Program Director: Patricia Hartog (561) 852-3333 

Total Community Grant Funding Requests: $440,000.00

Mammography/Diagnostic Grants:

These grants provide free mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, cancer treatment and additional breast cancer services to the medically underserved.

Mammography/Diagnostic Programs Information and Schedule

Bethesda Memorial Hospital – 561- 374 5308

Boca Raton Community Hospital – 561-955-7100 ext. 2383

Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. (Fort Pierce) – 772-461-1402 ext.141

Glades General Hospital – 561-996-6571 ext.285

H.O.P.E. Project – Mobile Mammography Unit – 561-659-4278

Jupiter Medical Center – 562-427-0128

Martin Memorial Hospital Diagnostic Centers – 772-223-5945 ext. 6564

Stuart and Port St. Lucie locations

Volunteers in Medicine – (Clinical Breast Exams Only) – 772-463-4128 ext. 207

Total Funding: $520,000.00

Treatment Grants:

Provides funds for surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, lab tests etc.

Bethesda Hospital – Project Director, Angela Palahunik 561-374-5300

Boca Raton Community Hospital – Project Director, Larraine Chrystal 561-3-955-4501

Jupiter Medical Center – Project Director, Sue Goulding 561-743-5069

Martin Memorial Hospital – Project Director, Debra Lewandowski 772-223-5945 ext. 3717

Total Treatment Funding: $140,000.00

Total Grant Funding for Fiscal Year 2009-2010: $1,100,000.00