Milwaukee, WI, April 29, 2014 – The Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate has awarded Columbia St. Mary’s an $89,429 grant in renewed support for the Mammography Mobile Outreach Program (MMOP).
The highlight of the MMOP is Columbia St. Mary’s one-of-a-kind Mobile Digital Mammography Center, which travels to communities throughout southeastern Wisconsin and provides free, potentially life-saving mammogram screenings.
Funding from the grant assists Columbia St. Mary’s and its many community partners (including churches, free clinics, social service organizations and farmer’s markets) in providing this direct outreach to vulnerable people. 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.
In addition to the mammograms, the MMOP increases awareness of breast cancer, promotes proactive care and improves breast cancer survival rates through early detection.
“We are thrilled to receive this support from the Komen Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate. Their dedication to raising awareness of breast cancer is second to none,” says 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.”
“At Komen Southeast Wisconsin, we conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered significant needs in the city of Milwaukee and Ozaukee County,” says Robin Luther, Mission Manager at Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate. “We are confident that through MMOP, underserved women will have access to screening mammograms.”
Susan G. Komen 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.