The 2010 Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure is more than 10 months away, but the fight against breast cancer doesn’t sleep.
The north Mississippi affiliate has its first paid staff member, Corinth native Teri Browder-Radcliff, and is preparing to allocate the money brought in by the 2009 Race for the Cure.
The group has nearly $110,000 available for grants and will focus on proposals that make mammograms available to the medically underserved or educate about breast cancer and early detection, said Browder-Radcliff, who works part time as the affiliate associate.
“North Mississippi has one of the highest rates of late-stage diagnosis and one of the highest breast cancer mortality rates,” Browder-Radcliff said.
The call has gone out for grant proposals, which are due Feb. 8. Currently, organizations in eight of the 15 counties covered by the north Mississippi affiliate have received grants from the Race for the Cure.
One of Browder-Radcliff’s objectives is to expand the affiliate’s presence beyond the October race.
Over Mother’s Day weekend in May, the group will sponsor a Worship in Pink program, delivering care packages with breast health information to be handed out through Northeast Mississippi churches
“We already have a large in-kind donation,” said Browder-Radcliff, and the group will need lots of volunteers to help.
New race leader
The organization also has named Pam Hadley as the race chairwoman for 2010 and 2011.
Hadley has been involved with Race for the Cure for about seven years, participating with teams from Renasant Bank, where she has worked for 21 years, her sorority Delta Sigma Theta and her church Whitehill Baptist Church.
She has served as the team chairman for the past three years.
“Our common goal is to continue to progress in making people more aware of breast cancer and more importantly, how we can all work together to fight and prevent it,” said Hadley, who especially wants to increase awareness among in the black community.
Michael Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal