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San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Funds Over $1.6 Million This Year to Community Outreach Programs

SAN FRANCISCO, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of over 100 Affiliates nationwide dedicated to putting an end to breast cancer, recently provided community grants totaling over $1.6 million dollars to support Bay Area breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs.

The Komen San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate's local fundraising efforts, such as the Komen SF Race for the Cure(R), have enabled it to fund projects such as new mammography equipment for San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center.

"The grant from San Francisco Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure provides us with critical support to greatly improve access to mammography services for the City's most vulnerable women," said Roland Pickens, Senior Associate Administrator, San Francisco General Hospital. "In this time of diminishing resources, this grant is a beacon of hope in a financial storm."

Other local major grant recipients are:

Alameda County

  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (also in Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo County)
  • Circulo de Via Cancer Support and Resource Center (also in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara County)
  • Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc
  • Tri-City Health Center

Contra Costa County

  • Asociacion Hispana del Cancer
  • The Latina Center (also in Alameda County)

Greater Bay Area

  • Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic

Marin County

  • Marin Community Clinics

Napa County

  • Community Health Clinic Ole

San Francisco County

  • Bayview Hunters Point Health & Environmental Resource Center
  • Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (also in San Mateo County)
  • Lyon-Martin Health Services
  • Pilipino Senior Resource Center
  • San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center
  • Shanti Lifelines
  • Southeast Health Center

San Mateo County

  • Community Health Partnership (also in Santa Clara County)
  • Latina Breast Cancer Agency (also in San Francisco County)
  • Ravenswood Family Health Center

Santa Clara County

  • Breast Cancer Connections (also in Alameda, San Francisco and San Mateo County)
  • Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Foundation

Sonoma County

  • Alliance Medical Center

West Solano County

  • Sisters Network Solano County

Enabling grant recipients include:

  • Arab Cultural & Community Center
  • California Health Collaborative

"We're very proud that we can grant over $1.2 million to support our community groups that address unmet breast health needs within our community, deliver the life-saving message of early detection and provide assistance to medically-underserved breast cancer patients and their families," said Maria Sousa, Komen San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate Executive Director.

Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Komen SF Bay Area Affiliate stays in the Bay Area through our annual grants program to local tax exempt organizations providing breast cancer education, screening, support and treatment services to underserved women and their families. A minimum of 25 percent of our annual income is directed to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program for energizing science to find the cures.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Susan G. Komen for the Cure was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Organization is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure(R) to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Organization fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Through fiscal year 2005, the Komen Organization, together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, has invested $630 million in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.

About the San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

The San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure--along with those who generously support us with their talent, time and resources--is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our community. We join more than 100,000 breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer.

The San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate is proud to have invested over $11.0 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in the nine Bay Area counties of Sonoma, Napa, West Solano, Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara since our inception in 1987 - 2009. We accomplish this through the Race for the Cure(R), the Komen Shopping Card campaign, donations from individuals, corporate contributions, benefits by community partners, and other fund-raising efforts.

The 2009 Komen San Francisco Race for the Cure(R) will be held September 27, 2009 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Join us by visiting us online at or calling 415-397-8812.

For more information about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Komen Organization's web site,, or call its National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline, 1.800 I'M AWARE((R)) (1.800.462.9273).

SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Francisco Affiliate
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