APRIL 21, 2011

Komen Phoenix Awards $2.2 Million in Grants for Community Education, Screening, Treatment and National Research; Surpasses $20 Million Funded

PHOENIX – (April 20, 2011) – Nearly 30 years ago, Nancy G. Brinker made a promise to her sister Suzy that she would do everything in her power to put an end to breast cancer. This month, the Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will award more than $2 million in grants to help make that promise a reality.

On Thursday, April 14, at the 16th Annual “Delivering the Promise” Luncheon, the Komen Phoenix Affiliate announced more than $2.2 million to fund breast cancer screening, education, treatment and research. More than $1.7 million will fund 19 community grants throughout central and northern Arizona, while more than $540,000 will go toward national research efforts. Since its inception in 1993, the Komen Phoenix Affiliate has granted more than $20 million – making it the largest private grantor of breast cancer funds in Arizona.

The community grants program allows the Komen Phoenix Affiliate to carry out its mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by partnering with nonprofit organizations throughout medically underserved communities. Seventy-five percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate’s annual Race for the Cure and other programs stay within the service area of central and northern Arizona. The remaining 25 percent funds the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer research program.

“Part of delivering our promise is working day to day with our community partners to ensure that the women in our community do not go without vital screening and treatment services while we navigate the changing healthcare landscape, both locally and nationwide,” says Mary Dokes, Mission Manager for the Komen Phoenix Affiliate. “Collaboration is key to reaching our goal, and we’re fortunate to work with so many organizations whose missions align with ours.”

The Komen Phoenix Affiliate’s annual community grants program awards funds to non-profit organizations that provide innovative, non-duplicative breast health and breast cancer services directly to the medically underserved, uninsured or underinsured. The services must be provided within the Phoenix Affiliate’s service area, which includes Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal and Yavapai counties. A complete list of the 2011-2012 grant recipients is below.

The Affiliate’s primary fundraiser is its annual Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure®, which is held each October and is the largest 5k event in Arizona. The 2010 event drew more than 30,000 participants and raised $2 million. The 19th annual Race will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9 in the State Capitol District in Phoenix. For more information, please visit www.komenphoenix.org.


Arizona Myeloma Network
Asian Pacific Community in Action
Maricopa Health Foundation
Navajo Nation Division of Health
Regional Center for Border Health, Inc.

Desert Mission, Inc.
La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church
The Junior League of Phoenix
Yavapai County Community Health Services

Flagstaff Medical Center
Maricopa County Department of Public Health North Country HealthCare Yavapai Regional Medical Center

Combination Grants
Maricopa Health Foundation (screening, treatment) Mountain Park Health Center (screening, treatment) Sistas of AZ (education, screening) John C. Lincoln Breast Health & Research Center (education, screening, treatment) St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center (education, screening, treatment) The Nurses Office (education, screening, treatment)