Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Awards $300,000 to Expand Treatment Assistance Program

Susan G. Komen ® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast, Susan G. Komen ® Charlotte, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Announce New Treatment Assistance Investment for Local Breast Cancer Patients

The $300,000 award will make it possible for the Komen affiliate organizations to assist an additional 560 low-income residents facing breast cancer across 42 counties in North Carolina.

RALEIGH, NC (October 23, 2018) – Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast and Susan G. Komen® Charlotte today announced a new investment in their commitment to support local women dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.  As part of the organization’s Bold Goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast and Komen Charlotte will use $300,000 in funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), to expand Komen’s Treatment Assistance Program in North Carolina.

“No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and getting the treatment they need to save their life.  Yet we know that there are many barriers that often prevent breast cancer patients from accessing the care they need,” shared Pam Kohl, executive director at Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast, and Stamie Despo, executive director Komen Charlotte.  “Thanks to the support of Blue Cross North Carolina, we will help remove some of these barriers for our neighbors in need.”

Komen’s Scientific Advisors estimate that up to one-third or more of women dying of breast cancer today could be saved through timely connection to quality care that already exists. Funding from Blue Cross North Carolina will enable both the Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast and Komen Charlotte to actively promote the Treatment Assistance Program within their respective affiliate service areas. The $300,000 award will make it possible for the Komen affiliate organizations to assist an additional 560 low-income residents facing breast cancer across 42 counties in North Carolina.

“Improving the health and well-being of all North Carolinians is our mission at Blue Cross North Carolina,” said Cheryl Parquet, Director of Community and Diversity Engagement for Blue Cross NC. “Komen’s Treatment Assistance Program will help reduce financial barriers to care and increase patients’ access to breast cancer treatment, and we’re proud to support their mission to reduce breast cancer deaths in our state.”

Earmarked to provide direct financial assistance for local patients dealing with the crippling costs associated with breast cancer treatment, Komen’s Treatment Assistance Program also provides breast cancer education, psychological support, and information about local resources. Limited costs associated with oral pain medication, anti-nausea medication, chemotherapy/hormone therapy, child care/elder care, home care, transportation, lymphedema care and supplies, and durable medical equipment are covered by the program for to low-income, underinsured or uninsured breast cancer patients.

To be eligible, patients must have incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty line and an active breast cancer diagnosis. For more information, call the Susan G. Komen Breast Care Helpline Monday-Friday 9am-10pm ET at 1-877-465-6636 (GO KOMEN) or email helpline@komen.org.

About Susan G. Komen®, Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast and Komen Charlotte

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (NCTC) is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Triangle Race for the Cure® and Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure®, Komen NCTC has invested over $13 million in community breast health programs in its 29-county service area and has helped contribute to the more than $988 million invested globally in research. For more information, call (919) 493-2873 or visit komennctc.org.

Komen Charlotte works to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our community and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Each year, Komen Charlotte invests 75 percent of net revenue raised in local community health programs and 25 percent in breast cancer research.  Since 1997, Komen Charlotte has invested more than $16 million in local community health grants and over $6 million in breast cancer research. Komen Charlotte raises funds through signature events, such as Race for the Cure® and Laugh for the Cure®, as well as a variety of community initiatives hosted by corporate partners, small businesses, faith communities, schools and volunteer organizations. For more information, call 704-347-8181 or visit komencharlotte.org.

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