Race for Cure distributes $160,000 in grants

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure handed out $160,000 worth of grants Friday to nine area organizations.
“We were particularly interested in programs that would provide screenings and education for women who are under-insured, uninsured or fall between the cracks in health coverage,” said Teri Browder-Radcliffe, affiliated coordinator.
But the needs in the 15-county area exceed what the October 2009 Race for the Cure was able to raise.
“This grant year, we received more than $400,000 in requests for funding,” said Shannon Fryery, who serves as affiliate president. “We only had $160,000 for screening and education. That is evidence of the need in our area.”
North Mississippi Medical Center-Iuka, the only new grant recipient for 2010, received $6,000 for a communitywide effort to educate and screen more women for breast cancer.
A partnership with the Segars/Glynn clinic means the Iuka program can provide twice the number of women, said Kathy Patrick, NMMC-Iuka director of nursing. Other area physicians have pledged to see women who have no insurance for a free clinical breast exam and a mammogram follow-up as part of the program.
“Our local healthy community has jumped in,” Patrick said.
Other grants:
n $48,000 to provide mammograms for the medically underserved at Baptist Memorial Hospitals in Oxford, New Albany, Booneville and Columbus.
n $25,500 to provide mammograms for the medically underserved and education and support programs at NMMC Breast Care Center.
n $24,000 to Sisters Network, Tupelo chapter, to provide mammograms for medically underserved, and education and support programs for African-American women.
n $17,000 to provide screening mammograms and programs for indigent women in Lee County through the Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic.
n $8,500 to fund community breast cancer education through the NMMC Spirit of Women.
n $15,000 to NMMC West Point for mammograms and education.
n $10,000 to provide screening mammograms through the Columbus-Lowdnes Free Medical Clinic.
n $6,000 for breast cancer education program to Magnolia Regional Health Center Foundation in Corinth.

Contact Michaela Gibson Morris at (662) 678-1599 or michaela.morris@djournal.com.