Milwaukee, WI, April 22, 2013 – The Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded Columbia St. Mary’s a $79,591 grant for its Mammography Mobile Outreach Program (MMOP).
Columbia St. Mary’s one-of-a-kind Mobile Digital Mammography Coach travels to communities throughout southeastern Wisconsin and provides free, potentially life-saving mammogram screenings. In addition to the mammograms, the MMOP increases awareness of breast cancer, promotes proactive care and improves breast cancer survival rates through early detection. Each year, the MMOP screens more than 500 women in Milwaukee and Ozaukee County over the age of 40 who otherwise might not get their annual screening.
“We are thrilled to receive this support from the Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Komen for the Cure. Their dedication to raising awareness of breast cancer is second to none,” said Bill Solberg, Director of Community Services for Columbia St. Mary’s. “This grant is a testament to the skill and dedication of our entire cancer and community outreach teams. We are humbled that they’ve chosen to recognize and support all the great work Columbia St. Mary’s does.”
“We are honored to support grants like this, which serve as a safety-net for women in our local communities, allowing the funded organizations to deliver breast health services to women most in need,” said Jennifer Frahm, Mission Manager at Komen Southeast Wisconsin. “At a time when state and federal support for the uninsured and underinsured is being cut, the demand for free or low cost breast cancer support is high. We are proud to be a resource that makes an impact and saves lives.”
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Southeast Wisconsin affiliate is one of 123 affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer. All Komen affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screenings and treatment.
For more information on the grant from the Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure or Columbia St. Mary’s Mammography Mobile Outreach Program, please contact Debbie Michalak at (414) 326-1763.