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Susan G. Komen Orange County Awards More Than $1 Million To Local Organizations For Breast Health Services

National President and CEO Delivers Keynote at Affiliate's Annual Grants Award Breakfast
 
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    COSTA MESA, CA, December 08, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Susan G. Komen Orange County (http://www.komenoc.org) today awarded more than $1 million to 16 Orange County breast health projects at its annual Grants Award Breakfast at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Susan G. Komen's new president and CEO, Dr. Judith A. Salerno, delivered the keynote speech, which focused on the national organization's mission to move forward with energizing science for the cure and providing underserved women and men with quality care.

"This event demonstrated how Komen helps women in the community and in breast cancer research worldwide, and it is so rewarding to celebrate the breast health programs we fund through a broad range of local organizations reaching diverse and underserved populations," said Komen Orange County Executive Director Lisa Wolter. "I love hearing attendees say they learned new information about our Affiliate's special initiatives reaching Latinas and helping uninsured women get diagnosed and into treatment."

For more than 20 years, deserving community organizations throughout Orange County have used Komen grants in collaboration with clinics and hospitals to offset the high cost of diagnostic breast health services. The grants benefit uninsured and underserved Orange County residents and help to impact cultural and ethnic disparities in breast cancer mortality locally. These nonprofit recipient groups serve diverse populations and provide access to care throughout Orange County in an effort to save women and men's lives.

During her speech, Salerno described the breadth of programs Susan G. Komen currently supports and those it will expand on a national and global level moving forward. The future focus will strengthen past commitments to community health, public health advocacy and global research and further Komen's advances in finding the cure.

"Our way forward is to build on all that Komen has accomplished and expand our services and knowledge into the future," said Salerno. "Komen Orange County is a stellar example of what our many Affiliates are working toward across the country to provide local services to underserved women while raising awareness for finding a cure."

The 2014 Komen Fund for Breast Health Care and community grants recipients are:

AltaMed Health Services
Breast Cancer Solutions
Central City Community Health Center
Hurtt Family Health Clinic, Inc.
Laguna Beach Community Clinic
Latino Health Access
Nhan Hoa Comprehensive Health Care Clinic
Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance
Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties
Serve the People Community Health Center
Share Our Selves
Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation
YWCA of North Orange County

Also showcased at the Grants Breakfast was the Affiliate's new holiday jingle video (http://ow.ly/rnZOW), Komen's second such effort that features celebrities from across Southern California singing about life-saving mammograms. The 2013 edition parodied "Jingle Bells." Last year, the inaugural jingle, to the tune of "Winter Wonderland," helped the Affiliate net a 53 percent increase in funds for its year-end appeal.

About Susan G. Komen
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Suzy, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world by investing more than $750 million in breast cancer research and $1.5 billion in community outreach programs over the past 30 years; providing funding to help low-income and uninsured women get screened and get treatment; advocating for cancer research and outreach programs; and working globally in more than 30 countries. Visit komen.org. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on Susan G. Komen Orange County, please visit http://www.komenoc.org or call 714-957-9157.



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