The organization handed out 23 grants totaling over $1.25 million to Arkansas organizations in an afternoon ceremony in Little Rock.
This year marks the 18th for Komen Arkansas give money to programs around the state that are working in the fight against breast cancer.
A total of $1,250,206 was granted.
"We are delighted by the amount we were able to issue in grants this year," said Arkansas Affiliate
Executive Director Sherrye McBryde. "It is directly due to the hard work of our volunteers and the
generosity of our supporters. The recipients of these funds were chosen because they reflect the
commitment of the Arkansas Affiliate to assure the uninsured and under-served women of Arkansas get the vital breast health services they need. Additionally, $489,000 has been used for breast cancer research to help find the cure."
The Komen Arkansas Affiliate first awarded grants totaling $78,700 in 1994. This year the largest
grant totaled $197,500 and the smallest was $6,855.
"We are so pleased to be able to raise almost 1.3 million dollars that will have a direct impact on
the women and men of Arkansas fighting breast cancer," says Komen Arkansas Board Chair Ellen Kreth. "Whether they fight for someone they love, or fight for themselves, or for their mothers,
grandmothers, aunts, or children, we join them in their efforts to eradicate this disease. We worked
hard to earn this money and we are so proud to distribute to such trustworthy, valuable, impactful
programs. Our fight continues until a cure is found."
The affiliate also awarded its highest honor, the Hickingbotham Award for Service, to St. Bernards
HealthCare in Jonesboro. They were recognized for their exemplary work in ensuring women in the
northeast part of the state have their breast health needs met. This has been done through their own breast center at the hospital, their mobile mammography unit and other outreach programs.
The Hickingbotham Award is named in honor of businessman Frank Hickingbotham and his family who were founding sponsors of the Arkansas Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Also awarded were the Promise of One Awards. Long time volunteers Angela Parker and Jerry Cohen were recipients. The Promise of One Award, established in 2007 by Komen for the Cure national, is awarded to two local individuals each year in recognition of their exceptional volunteer contribution.
Grants awarded this year are:
- $197,500 to BreastCare in Little Rock for its "Bridging the Screening Gap" program
- $123,575 to St. Bernards in Jonesboro for its "BreastAssured VIII" program
- $108,104 to Greater Delta Alliance for Health for its "Access Project Pink - Southeast Arkansas"program
- $103,022 to ARCare in Augusta for its "ARCare Comprehensive Breast Program"
- $94,743 to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home for its "Mobile Mammography Unit Outreach" program
- $90,000 to St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock for its "Services for Breast Cancer Survivors" program
- $75,740 to UAMS in Little Rock for its "Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute MammoVan" program
- $74,860 to Encore for Women's Health in Little Rock for its "Encore Navigation Project" program
- $64,396 to St. Bernards Development Foundation in Jonesboro for its "Bringing Mobile Mammography to Your Community" program
- $50,865 to White River Health System in Batesville for its "Komen Project" program
- $45,299 to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff for its "Reach Every Woman" program
- $38,796 to Healthy Connections in Mena for its "Connecting for a Cure" program
- $35,990 to CARTI in Little Rock for its "Access to Treatment - Overcoming Barrier" program
- $21,822 to CrossRidge Community Hospital in Wynne for its "Making Breast Health a Priority in Cross County" program
- $19,637 to Corning Area Healthcare in Corning for its "Breast Care Awareness Program"
- $16,780 to Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation in Walnut Ridge for its "Hope is the Key" program
- $15,450 to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock for its "Positive Appearance Center" program
- $15,274 to Lee County Cooperative Clinic in Marianna for its "It's My Life and I Want to Live it' program
- $15,000 to Encore for Women's Health in Little Rock for its "Encore Direct Financial Assistance" program
- $14,887 to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock for its "Breast Screening Project" program
- $12,495 to CARTI in Little Rock for its "Treatment Accuracy & Comfort for Breast Cancer Patients" program
- $9,116 to Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden for its "Screening Savers" program
- $6,855 to Boston Mountain Rural Health in Marshall for its "Breast Care Action & Awareness Program"