The Brainerd Lakes Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded grants to three organizations that will use the funds to either provide area residents with information about breast cancer or to buy equipment and supplies necessary to screen individuals for breast cancer.
The grants totaled nearly $30,000, which is a portion of the proceeds generated last year by the Brainerd affiliate through fundraisers. The organization's largest annual fundraiser is the Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure, which will be July 5 at Forestview Middle School in Baxter. Additional grants will be awarded in the near future.
"We're very honored to present grant money to these three organizations," said Kelly Simons, vice president of the Brainerd affiliate, in a news release. "We couldn't be more pleased with the grant applications we received this year and we appreciate the thoughtful approaches that the recipients took to helping prevent breast cancer through awareness and prevention."
Grant money is still available through the Brainerd affiliate for nonprofit organizations that have a project that will raise breast cancer awareness, educate the public about it or help screen individuals for it. Grant proposals are due April 30. For those who want more information or a grant packet, contact Simons at (541) 218-2119 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant recipients included:
Brainerd Public Library, $13,400, to build a new resource desk that's dedicated to providing information about breast cancer, including a new computer with Internet access that will allow the user to easily find online resources about breast cancer. In addition to the computer, the library will buy materials and books as additional resources.
Lakewood Health System, Pillager Clinic, $10,000, to develop a team of individuals and medical professionals from area organizations and health care facilities that will support women diagnosed with breast cancer and provide education to all women regarding the importance of exams. The support and education provided by the team is expected to alleviate some of the stress and burden that a breast cancer diagnosis can bring.
Riverwood Healthcare Center, Garrison Clinic, $5,025. The Garrison Clinic, which opened in June, will use its grant money to purchase equipment and supplies for its mammography room. The clinic averages 20-25 mammograms a month, serving women from the Mille Lacs area as well as Brainerd, Aitkin, Crosby and other surrounding communities.
Through events like the Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure, the Brainerd Lakes Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested more than $250,000 in area breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in Cass and Crow Wing counties. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Komen Brainerd Lakes Affiliate stay in Cass and Crow Wing counties while the remaining income goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Programs supporting research, awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.
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