By now you are probably aware of the controversy and questions regarding Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s recent granting strategy and performance criteria revisions, as well as their potential impact on Planned Parenthood and other grantees. Like you, the Komen Columbus Affiliate is concerned about these changes and we, along with other Affiliates, are in discussions with Komen National headquarters. Our top priority in doing so is to do all we can to protect you, our supporters, and assure that the funds you so loyally invest in our work locally are put to the best possible use to advance our community’s mission in the fight against breast cancer.
Please know the recent National policy changes in no way impact women in the Columbus Affiliate counties. None of our current grantees or most recent grant distributions for 2013 will be affected. Planned Parenthood has not applied for funds from us in the past eight years. Our funding priorities continue to be providing access to screening mammograms, which Planned Parenthood does not provide locally. Planned Parenthood will continue to be able to refer women to our grant-funded mammogram programs.
Since 1993 our Affiliate has worked tirelessly to meet the needs of those in our 30-county region who are underserved. We have invested more than $15 million in meeting the needs of women in our communities.
- Seventeen of our 30 counties are designated as Appalachian; women in these communities face poverty, educational and insurance crises.
- More than 15 percent of the women living in the Komen Columbus service area are uninsured.
- Fourteen of our counties have more people below the poverty level than both the state and national average. Nineteen are above the state average. Ten rank worst in the state.
- Five of the counties we serve have the highest mortality rates in the state.
- We have below-average screening rates and above-average, late-stage diagnoses in the majority of our 30 counties.
In the last two years we proudly awarded almost $3 million in grants to organizations that deliver services that might not otherwise be available. Thanks to your donations and Race registrations, in 2010 alone our funds:
- Performed or referred more than 6,472 women for mammograms
- Performed 1,164 clinical breast exams
- Funded more than 1,162 diagnostic procedures including ultrasounds, biopsies and MRIs
- Detected 127 breast cancers
- Provided 540 women with treatment assistance
With your continued support, activism and trust, the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure looks forward to continuing our leadership and service in the fight against the horrible disease, breast cancer.
For a list of organizations currently serving the Central and Southeastern Ohio communities through the Komen Columbus Affiliate Community Grants Program, please click here.
The Komen Columbus Affiliate assures all of you that we remain committed to – and are more passionate than ever about our promise to end breast cancer forever.
In thanks and hope,