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Komen Foundation aids women in Southeastern Ohio for the fourth year

ATHENS, Ohio (May 12, 2004) -- For the fourth consecutive year, the Columbus affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has issued a grant to Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine's Community Service Programs.

The grant, this year totaling $69,557, helps to fund the Healthy Adult Project, which helps provide free breast exams for uninsured or underinsured women older than 40. The grant s outreach covers 10 counties in Southeastern Ohio, largely through the use of CSP s Mobile Health Unit. The grant, which has increased each year, allows women to receive medical screenings that would otherwise not be available.

According to Janice Smith, Healthy Adult Project coordinator, the program serves people with different needs and backgrounds.

Some of these women do not have access to the treatment, and some just can t afford it, so we bring the care to them. Some of these people have not been to a doctor in 10 to 15 years, and it is a wonderful service to be able to provide, Smith said.

OU-COM began its relationship with the Komen Foundation in 2000 because of the efforts of Marty Bayha, an administrative assistant in OU-COM's Department of Family Medicine and a breast cancer survivor.

Kathy Trace, director of CSP, said that the Komen Foundation has given CSP the ability to grow and serve more people each year through augmenting the efforts of CSP s Breast and Cervical Cancer Project.

They have been a wonderful organization to work with, Trace said.

The grant allows not only for more health screenings but also for the implementation of educational programs in high schools, senior centers and other public locales. CSP believes education is crucial in establishing healthy lifestyles.

Lots of what we do is education. High school girls need to know about these things. Breast education shouldn t start at age 40, said Anne Pearch, a CSP community health nurse coordinator who has spent her last six years concentrating on women s health issues.

In addition to free screenings and education, the Healthy Adult Project refers women to doctors who donate their services or will employ a sliding scale for patient payments. The program also screens community members for ailments such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.

The Komen Foundation is hosting the Race for the Cure in Columbus Saturday, May 15. The race is one of the foundation s annual fundraisers. OU-COM is putting together a team to participate in the race. Trace is heading up the team and said that people may donate to the team until May 14. Anyone interested in participating in the race should also contact Trace at (740) 593-9364.

This is one way we can show our support and appreciation for all that they do in this area, Trace said.

On May 1, Ohio University s University Programming Council held its annual Mom s Walk for a Cure. Laura Alexander, UPC Annual Events chairwoman, said that the proceeds from the event are to be donated to the Columbus affiliate of the Komen Foundation.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in Dallas, Texas, in 1982 by Nancy Goodman Brinker, whose sister, Susan Goodman Komen, died of breast cancer at age 36. Since its inception, the organization has grown to include tens of thousands of volunteers at more than 100 sites throughout the United States. The foundation has raised more than $600 million, which has been used for innovative cancer research and community outreach programs as well as diagnostic efforts. In 2001, Komen was named one of the 100 best charities by Worth magazine.

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