SUSAN G. KOMEN® DALLAS COUNTY ANNOUNCES OVER $1 MILLION INVESTMENT IN LOCAL BREAST HEALTH SERVICES AND NATIONAL BREAST CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAMS AT ANNUAL PROMISE BREAKFAST
DALLAS – April 26, 2019 – Susan G. Komen® Dallas County announced their 2019-2020 Community Partners at their third annual Promise Breakfast this past Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. The six chosen Community Partners received funds that will benefit uninsured and underinsured Dallas County residents, and further their mission to save lives in Dallas County by meeting the most critical needs of the community and investing in breakthrough research.
“The Community Grants Program provides life-saving breast health services for uninsured and underinsured residents of Dallas County. Our 2019-2020 Community Partners were selected because of their tireless dedication to and ability to positively affect the greater Dallas community. One day breast cancer will be eliminated. Until then, we are honored to partner with this esteemed group to increase access and reduce barriers to breast cancer prevention, diagnostic, and treatment services and support.” Komen Dallas County Director of Mission Impact and Outreach, Natasha Mmeje, explains the importance of the Komen Dallas County Community Grants Program.
The 2019-2020 Community Partners and their services include: American Cancer Society (treatment support), The Bridge Breast Network (diagnostics, treatment, patient navigation, and education), Methodist Health System Foundation (screening, diagnostics, and education), Methodist Richardson Medical Center – Asian Breast Health Outreach Project (ABHOP) (screening, diagnostics, treatment support, and patient navigation), Parkland Health and Hospital (diagnostics), and Texas Health Resources Foundation (education, screening, and diagnostics).
The 2019 Komen Dallas County Promise Breakfast also united Komen researchers in the breast health field for a panel discussion about advances in research and cancer genetics, including the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center, the only bank of its kind. The panel discussed the ways that studying healthy and non-healthy breast tissue can help us better understand risk factors, determine better treatment, and find cures. The discussion was facilitated by Janet St. James, who is a former reporter for WFAA/Channel 8 and current Assistant Vice President of Strategic Communications for Medical City Healthcare. Janet is currently living with metastatic breast cancer.
Fundraising efforts for the event were a huge success due in part to the support of sponsors like Bank of Texas and Methodist Dallas Medical Center at the Platinum level, along with several other sponsors, donors and attendees.
Komen Dallas County looks forward to another year of fundraising, including their largest fundraiser, the 37th annual Susan G. Komen Dallas Race for the Cure®, which will be held on October 26th at NorthPark Center.
About Susan G. Komen® Dallas County
Komen Dallas County is committed to Dallas’ fight against breast cancer. Since its inception, Komen Dallas County has invested over $27.5 million in local breast health programs providing education, screening, diagnostic services, treatment, patient navigation and transportation services. Komen Dallas County has also invested nearly $8.5 million in national, cutting edge research to find the cures so that future generations will not have to face this devastating disease.