Lakeland Receives $30,300 Grant from Susan G. Komen Michigan for Breast Cancer Screenings
May 22, 2015
(ST. JOSEPH) – The Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® has awarded a $30,300 grant to the Lakeland Health Foundations for the purpose of providing breast cancer screening services and education through Lakeland Health to underserved women in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties.
The grant will allow Lakeland Health to continue the Compassion Card program, which was introduced in 2012. This program will provide 100 free breast cancer screenings or diagnostic services, along with transportation, to southwest Michigan women under the age of 65 who are uninsured or underinsured and live at or below the poverty line. It will also help promote breast health education, including the importance of early detection and regular screenings, to low-income women throughout the area.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer reported at Lakeland Health, with 164 patients with breast cancer treated in the past year. Although the Affordable Care Act provides access to insurance to help cover the expense of breast cancer screenings and diagnostic services, there are still local residents who do not have the means to apply for the insurance and receive these life-saving services, according to Lakeland Health officials.
“Through this grant, Lakeland hopes to eliminate financial barriers so that more women can be screened for breast cancer in our community, regardless of cost,” said Jann Totzke, Executive Director of Oncology Services, Lakeland Health. “Mammography is an important screening tool – the earlier we find cancer, the greater the chance for earlier diagnosis and improved outcomes.”
“At Komen Michigan, we conducted a needs assessment, and discovered a gap in screening and diagnostics,” said Jennifer Jurgens, Executive Director of Komen Michigan. “We’re very excited to partner with Lakeland Health to ensure that women in southwest Michigan have access to high-quality screening and diagnostics close to home so that they can find breast cancer early and beat it.”
For more information about the Compassion Card program or other breast cancer services, contact the Lakeland Health Marie Yeager Cancer Center at (269) 556-2866 or visit www.lakelandhealth.org/cancer
About Susan G. Komen Michigan
Komen Michigan is an independent, local non-profit organization that is dedicated to combating breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of the organization’s net proceeds go towards programs and funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, screenings, diagnostics and survivorship programs for underserved men and women in Michigan. The organization supports three distinct service areas:
• West Michigan: Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo and Montcalm counties.
• Southwest Michigan: Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties.
• Mid-Michigan: Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Shiawassee and Washtenaw counties.
The remaining 25 percent of net proceeds funds global, leading-edge research focused on the prevention of, and cures for, breast cancer. Komen Michigan’s mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all, and energizing science to find the cures. For more information call (616) 752-8262 or visit www.komenmichigan.org
Pictured above with a $30,300 check from Susan G. Komen are (from left): Regina Ciaravino, Lakeland Health Foundations; Kelli Dorsey, Susan G. Komen, Southwest Michigan; Jann Totzke, Lakeland Health, Marie Yeager Cancer Center; Denise Bowen, Susan G. Komen, Southwest Michigan; and Shelley Wilkinson, Lakeland Health, Marie Yeager Cancer Center.