2014-2015 Grant Recipients

The Komen NCTC is pleased to award $738,000 in grant funding to the following organizations. These projects were selected, by an independent grant review panel, as those that will have the greatest impact in serving underserved, underinsured, or uninsured women in our service area. These Programs Include:

Pay it Forward 
Caring Community Foundation
Donna Anderson, 919-448 5830                                         
Provides angel funds to increases post-diagnostic support and assistance to survivors, focusing on quality of life issues while a breast cancer patient is undergoing treatment.

Edgecombe Breast Health Initiative
Edgecombe County Health Department
Meredith Capps, 252-641-6288
Provides clinical breast exams and baseline/screening mammograms and diagnostic screening to uninsured and underinsured women 20 years of age and older in Edgecombe County and women who are high –risk, symptomatic, and/or have a personal or family history of breast cancer.

Bridging the Gap for Breast Cancer Treatment
East Carolina University Leo Jenkins Cancer Center
Debra Mascarenhas, 252-847-6550                                                                                                                                            Provides underinsured and uninsured breast cancer patients from Pitt, Wilson, and Duplin Counties financial assistance for treatment and post diagnostic needs, including but not limited to co-pays, treatment related payments, emotional/mental health services, genetic testing/counseling, rehabilitative therapy, and transportation.

Moore Screenings
First Health of the Carolinas
Chris Miller, 910-715-5467                                                    
Provides low income and uninsured women in Lee, Moore, and Scotland County with screening mammograms and follow-up care as needed to address an existing gap in services. Transportation assistance is also available for patients traveling to and from appointments and treatment to eliminate/reduce barriers to access to care. 

Mammograms for Low Income and Underinsured Women and Men
Lincoln Community Health Center
Awanya Caesar, 919-956-4029                                                                                                                                    
Provides culturally appropriate breast health education, screening, and diagnostic mammogram referrals to women ages 40 and older and a seamless continuum of care for women needing treatment. A monthly support group is also available for survivors, co-survivors, and community members. 

Project Access- Chatham
Piedmont Health Services
Jen Cunningham, 919-913-1097
Provides culturally appropriate breast health education, clinical breast exams, mammography referral, and patient navigation for underserved women in Chatham County. The program also provides outreach services to the migrant seasonal population.

Rex Mammography Assistance Program 
Rex Healthcare Foundation
Wendy Avery, 919-784-4210        
Provides no-cost screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, and breast ultrasounds to uninsured and underinsured women in Wake and surrounding counties. Also provides convenient, accessible screening mammograms on two mobile mammography units that travel throughout a 15-county core service area.

Rex Breast Surgery Assistance Program
Rex Healthcare Foundation
Wendy Avery, 919-784-4210  
Provides breast cancer surgery services including surgical consults, surgical biopsies, lumpectomies, and mastectomies to uninsured women living in Wake and surrounding counties.

TLC- UNC: Transforming Lymphedema Care for Underserved North Carolinians 
UNC- Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Mindy Gellin, 919-966-9519                                                  
Provides lymphedema education, direct treatment services, and compression garments to uninsured and underinsured breast cancer survivors at UNC and community partners in 12 counties. Education and collaborative opportunities will also be available to certified Lymphedema therapists.

Lymphedema Education and Treatment
Vidant Medical Center
Debra Mascarenhas, 252-847-6550  
Provides treatment for uninsured and underinsured women scheduled for lymph node dissection and experiencing lymphedema. Breast health navigators will provide education appropriate to all levels of understanding.

Warren Vance Breast Health Initiative
Warren Community Health Clinic
Melissa Holcomb, 252-257-1904      
Provides breast health education information, clinical breast exams, and mammogram referrals to low-income, underinsured, and uninsured women ages 20-64 in Warren and Vance Counties.

Breast Self Awareness in Halifax County
Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education
Terri Moore at 919-231-4006  
Provides breast health awareness, links to affordable screening services and referral cards to women in rural and underserved communities.                                                                                                                                                   

Walk in Faith Not in Fear Across Halifax County
Halifax County Health Department 
Linda Arrington, 252-583-5021                                                                                                                                
Provides public awareness campaigns that support breast cancer prevention, links community resources through faith-based organizations. 

The Power of Partnerships: Enhancing Five County Collaboration
Nash County Health Department
Kim Lowry, 252-459-1549                                                                                                                                                
Provides regional coordination and collaboration with other local service providers through the Upper Coastal Plan Breast Cancer Advisory Group to assist uninsured women obtain diagnostic services and provides facilitation, promotion and recruitment for social support through local support groups.

Northampton County Community Alliance for Breast Health Education: Addressing Disparities 
Northampton County Health Department 
Cheryl Warren, 252-534-5841                                                                                                                                  
Increases access to early breast detection through breast health awareness campaigns targeted to  the uninsured/underinsured rural population.  

Saving Our Sisters in the Valley
Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer
Audrey Hardy, 252-535-8011                
Provides evidence-based interventions and education through support group meeting for survivors, co-survivors and caregivers throughout Halifax and Northampton counties.

Smart Agents and Organizations in Breast Cancer in Eastern North Carolina   
UNC Department of Health Policy & Management   
Timothy Jay Carney at 919-966-6907                                                                                                                          
Measures the individual and collective intelligence needs of breast cancer patients, providers, organizations, and community level agents to support informed decision making and manage uncertainty in Eastern North Carolina.

Breast Cancer Treatment Assistance and Survivorship Program
Vidant Edgecombe Hospital    
Michele Cherry, 252-641-7484                                                                                                                                      
Provides treatment and survivorship  program assistance through patient navigation  to avoid delays in treatment  by addressing gaps and reducing barriers to care.