has announced grants totaling $2.3 million to four nonprofit organizations working to help low-income and uninsured breast cancer patients and their families pay for medical supplies, treatment, and living expenses.
Grant recipients include , which was awarded more than $1.5 million to provide direct financial assistance for treatment-related expenses such as oral pain and anti-nausea medication, oral anti-cancer drugs, child/elder care, transportation, lymphedema care and supplies, prostheses and wigs, and medical equipment; the , which will receive $500,000 to provide treatment co-payments for under-insured patients; and , which was awarded $88,000 to improve its website and enable breast cancer patients to more easily explore clinical trial opportunities and find the studies that are a good match for them. In addition, Komen awarded more than $200,000 to several partner organizations, including the , the , , and , in support of their patient-focused conferences and events.
"This year's grants provide some measure of relief to thousands of people facing breast cancer who often have to make intolerable choices such as paying the rent or paying for treatment," said Komen president and CEO Judy Salerno. "These grants will make a difference, but we must do more to provide the real-time help that low-income, uninsured, and medically underserved breast cancer patients and their families desperately need."