Komen San Diego Awards County’s Largest Free Breast Cancer Treatment and Research Program

-Susan G. Komen San Diego will award $1.1 million in grants for free breast cancer treatments, research, services, and support at its annual awards celebration, April 30-

SAN DIEGO (April 1, 2015)—Susan G. Komen San Diego will grant $1.1 million to breast cancer research and local breast health services on April 30, 2015 at AMN Healthcare. The Komen grants will provide the largest and most comprehensive breast health program in San Diego County. This includes free diagnostic mammograms, life-saving screenings, surgeries, temporary financial aid for living expenses, meal deliveries, education, research and more for qualified men and women.

“When a woman has nowhere else to turn, Komen San Diego is her breast cancer safety net,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, executive director of Susan G. Komen San Diego. “We provide women and their families with everything they may need for every step of the breast cancer journey. Unique in San Diego County, no other organization fills the gaps that exist in health care access like we do.”

The funds were raised through the efforts of San Diegans participating in Komen’s annual special events and fundraisers, like the Race for the Cure. The grants will help San Diego programs reduce breast cancer incidence and mortality. They will also help find solutions for disparities in breast cancer across populations and aid cutting-edge programs in finding a cure. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised stays in San Diego County to fund local breast health programs and the remaining 25 percent helps fund international breast cancer research.

“The goal of Komen San Diego is to give every woman equal access to the resources necessary to prevent and fight breast cancer,” said Irene Oberbauer, incoming president of the Board of Directors of Komen San Diego. “Because of the hard work our community has put in, we will be able to save countless lives.”

Over the past decade Komen San Diego has focused much of their work on eliminating breast cancer disparities in the Latina community and due to the best practices model developed they are now among the lowest in San Diego County. Since 2000, the Hispanic death rate from breast cancer in San Diego has decreased from 14.04 to 9.94 in 2011. This year, Komen will be using the best proactive model to address the disparities that are now showing up in the African American Community.

A review panel of volunteers including breast cancer survivors, physicians and educators conduct a thorough and blind review process of all applicants and based on the panel’s recommendations, Komen San Diego’s Board of Directors makes the final granting decision. All grants and awards are contingent upon receipt of a fully executed agreement.


Thursday, April 30, 2015




AMN Healthcare, 12400 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA 92130


2015-2016 Grantees

Patient Navigation

  • Vista Community Clinic — VCC Breast Health Patient Navigation & Support Services

Care Coordination

  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego — Breast Cancer Patient Care Coordination
  • 2-1-1 San Diego– Health Navigation Program: Breast Health Component


  • Mama’s Kitchen– Breast Cancer Outreach Project
  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego–Breast Cancer Financial Case Management and Assistance
  • Community Clinics Health Network–Breast Cancer Diagnostic Services Fund
  • San Diego County Medical Society Foundation– No More Breast Cancer / No Más Cáncer de Mama


  • 2-1-1 San Diego–Breast Cancer Education for African Americans
  • San Ysidro Health Center–PODER/POWER

Jerome’s Furniture, Plaza Home Mortgage and Lisa Hinkley from Greenflash Brewing Company will receive this years Suzy Awards.

About Susan G. Komen San Diego®

Since its inception in 1995, Komen San Diego has raised more than $12.5 million to fund local non-profits who provide everything from free diagnostic mammograms and surgeries to meal delivery, child care and temporary financial aid. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised stays right here in San Diego County to fund free diagnostic mammograms, treatment and services for qualified women and their families. The remaining 25 percent funds international breast cancer research. In fact, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. For more information, please visit www.komensandiego.org.

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