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Grants Help Fight Breast Cancer

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 20, 2007  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher, (502) 564-6786  

Six Agencies Across the State Receive Awards

Six Kentucky agencies promoting breast cancer awareness, screening and access to services are the first recipients of grants from the Kentucky Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund.

The trust fund, administered by the state Department for Public Health in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), recently announced the grant awards.

“These grants will help establish or expand unique programs across Kentucky to help women learn more about breast cancer and empower them to seek needed screening and treatment services,” said First Lady Glenna Fletcher.

Grants are funded through proceeds from state income tax return designations and the sale of Kentucky breast cancer awareness license plates.

Kentucky nonprofit groups, educational institutions and government agencies offering breast cancer awareness, education, treatment and/or screening programs and services were eligible to apply. Awards recognize programs that best demonstrate sustainable and effective efforts to reduce the breast cancer mortality rate in Kentucky.

The following agencies received grant awards:

· Ashland Hospital Corporation (King’s Daughter’s Medical Center) received $19,957 to host Pink Lady's Days to provide screening mammography services, breast cancer risk assessments and education events in five eastern Kentucky counties (Boyd, Carter, Martin, Magoffin and Wolfe).

· The University of Kentucky Cancer Program East and the University of Louisville Kentucky Cancer Program West will each receive $10,000 to provide education programs featuring a birthday party theme to recruit individuals from various target populations to increase awareness about breast cancer; educate about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of breast cancer; and promote opportunities for early detection of breast cancer.

· Hall Family Resource Youth Services Center in Harlan County received $9,094 to offer countywide breast cancer awareness workshops to offer information about breast cancer and breast self-exams.

· The Foundation for Health, Inc. in Owensboro received $10,000 to provide low-cost mammograms and diagnostic services for medically underserved women in Daviess, Hancock, McLean, Union, Webster and Henderson counties.

· Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland received $19,991 to provide screening mammography services, clinical breast exams and breast self-examination instruction through its mobile health center.

The trust fund was established in 2005 to support and advance breast cancer research, education, treatment, screening and awareness efforts in the state through competitive grant awards to eligible organizations.

A board of directors manages the Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund with staff support and fiscal administration from CHFS.

“Kentucky Public Health is dedicated to fighting breast cancer and strongly supports programs that increase public awareness and stress preventive screenings,” said William Hacker, M.D., public health commissioner and the cabinet’s acting undersecretary for health. “Early detection is the most important weapon we have to fight this disease.”

For more information about Kentucky Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund grants, contact the Department for Public Health, Division of Women’s Physical and Mental Health, at (502) 564-2154.




Last Updated 11/20/2007