These projects have been selected by our independent Grant Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in serving uninsured or underinsured women in our service area. Please note that Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is not a direct service provider.
Northeast Texas Public Health District “Breast Health and Screening Initiative” ($229, 721)
The purpose of this program is to allow access for all women to breast screening and diagnostic procedures, regardless of their ability to pay.
This program will provide clinical services for breast screenings and diagnostics for low-income, uninsured or underinsured women, at risk women,
those under the age of 50 or those who are symptomatic and not eligible for diagnostic services.
East Texas Medical Center Cancer Institute "Pin-A-Sister" ($7,400)
The ETMC Breast Care Center program Pin-A-Sister™ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign is considered a landmark means of raising breast cancer awareness
and the importance of early detection among African-American women in Smith County. The program, which originally pioneered in Chicago, is a meaningful outreach
designed to reduce disparities in access to screenings and treatment. Women pledge their commitment, in a church service or other ceremony, to early breast cancer
detection by pinning each other with the Pin-A-Sister lapel pin. This opportunity allows breast cancer patients and survivors to witness first hand to others the importance of early detection.
American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery and Transportation Program ($15,627)
ACS will provide transportation services to breast cancer survivors. This includes gas cards, Road to Recovery volunteer drivers and cab vouchers.
Smith County has active Reach to Recovery volunteers who visit newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to offer recovery supplies (breast prostheses, wigs and recovery bras),
information and support. The transportation and recovery services, provided free of charge, assure the patient moves smoothly through the continuum of care.