Race for the Cure passes $2M fundraising mark

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure put $172,000 to work in the fight against breast cancer.
The local affiliate made 10 grants to provide breast cancer screening to the medically underserved and community education programs in 15 counties Monday. The money comes from the October 2011 event.
“We work hard to make sure the money is there and it goes to the right places,” said Shannon Fryery, affiliate board president.
That puts the 14-year-old Northeast Mississippi race over the $2 million mark. Since 1998, the affiliate has granted $1.5 million throughout the region and put $500,000 toward research.
“We’re hoping to grow beyond the 15 counties,” to reach those who aren’t covered by a Race for the Cure event, Fryery said.
The funds allow organizations to provide breast cancer screening for women who are uninsured or underinsured. Many also use the money for community education.
“We’re only able to do this because of Komen funding,” said Nancy Kidd, director of marketing for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. “We already have a waiting list.”
Receiving grants on Monday were:
* Baptist Memorial Hospitals in New Albany, Booneville, Oxford and Columbus: $48,000 for mammograms.
* NMMC Breast Care Center, Tupelo: $23,000 for mammograms and education.
* Sisters Network, Tupelo: $25,000 for mammograms and education through the African-American breast cancer survivors support organization.
* Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic, Tupelo: $17,000 for mammograms.
* NMMC Spirit of Women, Tupelo: $8,000 for education programs.
* NMMC-West Point: $10,000 for mammograms and education.
* Columbus-Lowndes Free Medical Clinic: $10,000 for mammograms.
* Magnolia Regional Health Center, Corinth: $7,000 for education programs.
* NMMC-Iuka: $8,000 for mammograms and education.
* Access Family Health Services, which has clinics in Smithville, Tremont, Houlka and Tupelo: $15,000 for screening and education.
michaela.morris@journalinc.com