Since our Affiliate was founded in 1999, we have invested more than $7.6 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in our service area of Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. These community partners advance the Komen mission by helping the uninsured and those with low-income through breast health and breast cancer screening, treatment, education and support programs. Our 2012-2013 grant recipients are a diverse group of health care organizations, public health agencies and community groups in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. This April, with money donated locally, the Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate awarded $1,120,008 to local programs that provided:
• From April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012, 129,622 individuals were served through diagnostic services, treatment services, clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, psychological services, mammogram referrals, diagnostics referrals, biopsies, genetic tests.
• Of that total 5,180 screening mammograms where performed.
• As a result of the partnership with our grantees, 170 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed.
We have been able to have this kind of impact in our community because 75 percent of the net proceeds raised through our Affiliate each year stay in this area, helping our neighbors in need.
The remaining 25 percent funds breast cancer research on a national level. Our Affiliate has contributed nearly $2.5 million to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for national research. At the same time, more than $3 million has been awarded for research in our area, including the most recent research grant to the University of Miami in the amount of $599,997 for the Evaluation of Genetic Risk in Caribbean Women with Breast and Ovarian Cancer headed by Dr. Judith Hurley.
In addition, we are dedicated to being great stewards of the money that you generously donate. Our Affiliate is proud to have an expense-to-revenue ratio of 19 percent, significantly under the 25 percent limit.
We could not have done it without your very generous support, whether that was financial support or through the gift of your time. Thank you!
We have made so much progress, but there is still so much work to be done as the need for more low-cost and free services increases each year. More than 200,000 women and men in our country are diagnosed with cases of invasive breast cancer. A woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the United States. Our work is not done until that number is zero.
Those who are fighting this horrible disease do it with such courage and grace, but they cannot do it alone. Please help us LOCALLY as we continue to support their fight and together we will end breast cancer forever.
At Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, we are committed to ending breast cancer forever by energizing science to find the cures and ensuring quality care for all people, everywhere. Our global research and grants programs are essential driving forces for achieving this mission. Our programs include:
Our Research Programs play a critical role in energizing science to find the cures by funding research that will speed the translation of discoveries into reductions in breast cancer mortality and/or incidence within the next decade and by training investigators at critical stages of their career to ensure sustained discovery. The impact of our research investments are evident in every major advance in breast cancer over the past 25 years. Annually, we support many different types of research grants, each designed to meet specific objectives and to optimize results. Requests for Applications (RFAs) are issued in April for research grants and September for training grants. Applications proceed through a rigorous scientific peer review processes that involves leading scientists, clinicians, and advocates. Once awarded, our grantees become part of a unique science management process that engages our researchers and sustains accountability. Advocate participation in peer review is extended to involvement in many of these ongoing research projects and to other scientific activities through our Advocates in Science program.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure appoints a new Scientific Advisory Council comprised of distinguished scholars and leaders in breast cancer who have made significant contributions to advancing the field or who demonstrate significant promise of leading the field with important advances in the future. Members of the Council will participate in scientific peer review, chair and participate in think tank meetings and state-of-the-science reviews, participate in developing evidence-based policy positions, and provide advice on educational approaches and materials, trainings, and new programs. Members will serve two year, renewable terms and be expected to contribute approximately 100 to 120 hours each year to Komen activities. In recognition of scholarly contributions to research advances and service as a member of the Advisory Council, full members will receive an annual research grant totaling $250,000 and associate members will receive an annual research grant totaling $175,000.
Our community health grants ensure quality care for all by funding breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects for those who need them most. Through community needs assessments, more than 75,000 volunteers working through local Affiliates identify unmet needs in their communities and provide Affiliate community health grants to fill these gaps. Komen’s Global Headquarters also administers the National Capital Area Grants Program to address breast cancer disparities in the medically underserved in the capital area. And to ensure quality care and access around the global, our Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Promise Fund works with local communities and International organizations to develop innovative education and outreach programs.
Our partnerships and special projects reflect unique opportunities to leverage the capacities of different organizations to address critical challenges and cross-cutting issues in research, clinical practice, and public health. Through our Scholarships and Awards, we support young adults seeking to pursue college in the face of financial burdens due to the loss of a parent to breast cancer and sponsor recognition awards for those who have made significant contributions to our efforts to end breast cancer.