Komen Southwest Florida is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry Counties. Through its 2014-2016 community grants, Komen Southwest Florida has invested $1.3 million in education, diagnosis, treatment and support programs here in name service area here provided by 11 local organizations that serve uninsured or underinsured residents in our service area. Since it was founded in 2002, Southwest Florida has invested more than $7.1 million in local breast health agencies and organizations.
It is estimated that annually, there are 870 new cases of breast cancer in our service area. The funds Komen Southwest Florida grants to community programs in our servicearea have made a positive difference in the lives of those living with this deadly disease.
Komen Southwest Florida funding provides:
- people with breast health education
- no-cost screening mammograms for medically underserved Southwest Florida residents
- people with breast cancer diagnostic services
- breast cancer patients with treatment assistance including transportation services to medical appointments, medical care, prostheses, and case management
- help to people at high risk for hereditary breast cancer with no resources to pay for genetic screening – are now armed with the knowledge of their family risk and can take steps to manage their risk
- help to people who otherwise may not have had access to this life-saving information who are now able to seek treatment
The remaining 25 percent of net funds were invested in the Susan G. Komen Grants Program managed at the national level. To learn more about Susan G. Komen’s research investment, click here. In 2014-2016, Komen Southwest Florida was fortunate to be able to invest more than $400,000 solely toward research.