Komen Ozark Grants $5,000 to Help Flooding Victims 

Komen Ozark Grants $5,000 to Help Flooding Victims 

Susan G. Komen Ozark works with local organization in the River Valley 

Springdale, ARJune 19, 2019 Susan G. Komen Ozark announced today a new $5,000 grant to Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House in Fort Smith, Arkansas as part of its ongoing efforts to help women with breast cancer who have been impacted by the historic flooding in the River Valley. 

Komen Ozark’s grant will help fund critical patient services to those in local shelters and other facilities to help patients who are currently undergoing breast cancer treatment receive the critical care they need as quickly as possible.  The grant will allow transportation and emergency assistance for women displaced and who need help with utilities, medication and getting to breast health appointments. 

Komen Ozark serves more than 1,200 people annually in Sebastian and Crawford Counties, which have been impacted by the flooding.  Susan G. Komen Ozark has funded more than $2 million in the two counties since 1999.  With residents facing the aftermath of the historic flooding, it is important that breast cancer patients assess the care they need and to not have an interruption in receiving critical treatment.   

“We fully support our partners in Sebastian and Crawford Counties and aim to provide the care and attention to breast cancer patients,” said Lauren Marquette, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Ozark.  “Because of the generosity of the River Valley community and their support of Komen Ozark, we are able to make this investment to ensure breast cancer patients have the breast health care they need.  It is important that breast cancer patients do not put off care due to barriers caused by the flooding.” 

About Susan G. Komen and Komen Ozark 

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the U.S. government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.  Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.  Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $988 million in research and provided more than $2.2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs.  Komen has worked in more than 60 countries worldwide.  Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.  Komen Ozark is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community.  Komen Ozark has invested $11.5 million in community health programs in 10 counties and has contributed nearly $3.75 million in research.  For more information, call (479) 750-PINK or visit www.komenozark.org. 

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