Komen announces $135,000 in local grants

lifestyle_healthnewsBy Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Thousands crossed the finish line in October, but the money raised by the 2013 Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure is beginning a new race against breast cancer.

The North Mississippi affiliate board announced $135,000 in grants to 10 organizations to provide screening programs to the medically underserved and community breast health education.

Access Family Health Services will use its $12,000 grant to provide screening and education for its patients in Tupelo, Smithville, Tremont and Houlka. It’s the third year the community health centers have received a Komen grant.

“It’s allowed us to make our funds go farther,” said Marilyn Sumerford, Access Family Health executive director. Other grants announced Tuesday include:

• $32,500 to Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation to provide mammograms at hospitals in New Albany, Booneville, Columbus and Oxford.

• $25,000 to NMMC Breast Care Center, Tupelo, to provide mammograms and education programs.

• $26,703 to Sisters Network, Tupelo, to provide mammograms and education programs.

• $15,000 to Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic, Tupelo, to provide mammograms.

• $10,000 to Columbus-Lowndes Free Medical Clinic to provide screening mammograms.

• $6,500 to Magnolia Regional Health Center Foundation, Corinth, for a breast cancer education program.

• $1,000 to Lift Inc., Tupelo, to provide mammogram assistance.

• $3,500 to NMMC-West Point, to provide mammograms.

• $2,797 to NMMC-Iuka, to provide mammograms.

michaela.morris@journalinc.com