Race for Cure announces grants for organizations

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Officials with the Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure announced Friday that 10 regional organizations will receive money to help fight breast cancer in Northeast Mississippi.
“You are the arms and legs for our mission,” said Shannon Fryery, president of the north Mississippi affiliate board, told the grant recipients at a reception Friday.
The organization was able to fund $175,000 of the $250,000 in grant requests to provide education programs and mammograms to the medically underserved across 15 counties.
“Every single county we serve has grant money because of you,” Fryery said.
The money for the grants comes from the 2010 Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure. Of the money raised by the race, 75 percent remains in the 15-county region. The rest goes to the Komen for the Cure foundation’s national breast cancer research program.
Access Family Health Services, which operates clinics in Tremont, Smithville, Houlka and Tupelo, joined the family of north Mississippi grant recipients this year.
“It will help us reach more women,” said Marilyn Sumerford, executive director for the community health centers, which will use the money to fund mammograms and provide education programs.
Other organizations receiving grants are Magnolia Regional Medical Center, Corinth; Baptist Memorial Hospitals in Oxford, New Albany, Booneville and Columbus, North Mississippi Medical Center-Iuka, NMMC-West Point, The Good Samaritan Medical Clinic in Columbus and Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic, Sisters Network, NMMC Breast Care Center and NMMC Spirit of Women Initiative in Tupelo.
Individual grant amounts were not available Friday because the group is waiting for final approval from the national organization.
Contact Michaela Gibson Morris at (662) 678-1599 or michaela.morris@journalinc.com.