At a time when many organizations are cutting back, the Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® announced that its 2010 local grants will total $1.75 million—the largest amount in the organization's history.
While the Komen Pittsburgh Affiliate is still in the process of notifying recipients, nearly 50 percent of the total funds allocated will be granted to Adagio Health for administration of the Mammogram Voucher Program (MVP), which provides women in need with free mammograms.
"During these difficult economic times, we are proud to be able to increase support to local organizations for breast cancer education, screening and treatment initiatives," says Kathy Purcell, executive director, the Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "Based on increased demand for mammograms through the MVP in 2009, we know that there's a need for the services our awardees provide and are happy to partner with them for a healthier community."
The Komen Pittsburgh Affiliate will issue a complete listing of grant recipients in January 2010 once all awardees have been notified. Grants remain in the Affiliate's 30-county service area in western and central Pennsylvania. Funds are raised through year-round fundraising, including the Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure and individual donations.
For more information on past grants awarded by the Komen Pittsburgh Affiliate, visit www.komenpittsburgh. org. To find out if you qualify for a free mammogram through the MVP, call 888-MVP-0505.