By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure was tickled pink Tuesday to put proceeds from its annual race to work.
“This is a day of celebration for us,” said Ellen Friloux, board president for the Tupelo-based affiliate that serves 15 Northeast Mississippi counties.
On Tuesday, the affiliate announced $182,000 in grants to eight nonprofit organizations around the region to assist in the fight against breast cancer. Along with $8,000 set aside for small community grants, the grants make up 75 percent of the net proceeds of the annual race held in October.
“This is the culmination of all that hard work,” said Liz Dawson, grants chairwoman.
The Tupelo chapter of Sisters Network, a national African-American breast cancer survivors group, will receive nearly $29,000 to provide mammograms to medically underserved women as well as community education programs.
“Last year we assisted over 200 women,” with mammograms with the help from the Komen affiliate and other organizations, said chapter president Norma Derring. “Our goal this year is to be able to assist 250 or more.”
Other grants announced Tuesday were:
• $66,000 for Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation to provide mammograms to the medically underserved through Baptist Memorial Hospitals in Booneville, New Albany, Columbus and Oxford.
• $25,110 for the NMMC Breast Care Center to provide mammograms and education to the medically underserved throughout the region.
• $17,000 for the Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic in Tupelo to provide screening mammograms for its clients.
• $13,030 for the Columbus-Lowndes Free Medical Clinic to provide screening mammograms.
• $10,900 for Magnolia Regional Health Center Foundation in Corinth to host a breast cancer education program.
• $15,000 to Access Family Health Services for screening and education.
• $6,000 for Lift Inc. in Tupelo to provide mammogram assistance.