Komen NCTC Launches COVID-19 Action Fund to Help Meet Needs

Rising Unemployment and Stressed Health Care System Put Breast Cancer Patients at Risk

RALEIGH, NC – April 3, 2020 – Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (NCTC) announced the creation of the Komen COVID-19 Action Fund to help support the unique needs of people facing breast cancer during this health and economic crisis.

Rising unemployment, mandatory stay at home orders, and an overburdened health care system are causing a perfect storm for breast cancer patients who have questions or need care. Funds raised will ensure that Komen NCTC is able to help those in need of support during this crisis.

“Breast cancer does not stop during a crisis and neither do we,” said Krista Park Berry, executive director at Komen NCTC. “It seems now more than ever, Komen’s support of those affected by breast cancer is critical. But we can only be here for patients if we have funds available to deploy in assisting them.”

Komen remains committed to doing whatever it takes to save lives by supporting those most vulnerable within the breast cancer community. The Komen COVID-19 Action Fund supports urgent needs among our breast cancer community today. Donors to the fund ensure important services continue for those in need, including:

  • Komen’s Breast Care and Clinical Trials Helpline, which is receiving record-high call volume
  • Komen’s Treatment Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to patients going through treatment
  • Patient Support, guiding patients through difficult decisions and providing psychosocial support from oncology social workers
  • Komen’s advocacy for breast cancer patients and their needs among policymakers
  • Funding lifesaving research and clinical trials to discover new treatments

“As a small non-profit, like any small business, we are experiencing the effects of our current public health crisis. It means so much to have the community’s support and encouragement at this time,” added Park Berry.

Individuals and companies interested in supporting the unique needs of breast cancer patients during this health crisis are encouraged to visit Komen NCTC’s website to learn more and to donate to the fund.

COVID-19 is also disrupting routine screenings for many women and Komen NCTC supports delaying screening during this health crisis. “We strongly encourage people to know what is normal for them, and to report to their health care provider any changes,” said Park Berry.

The warning signs for breast cancer are not the same for all women. The most common signs are changes to the look or feel of the breast, but more warning signs can be found by visiting Komen NCTC’s website at www.komennctc.org.

Komen’s Breast Care Helpline is available to provide information, social support and help with coping strategies related to anxiety or concerns during these uncertain times. Calls are answered in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. Individuals can reach the helpline by phone at 1-877-GO-KOMEN (465-6636), or by email at helpline@komen.org

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

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. Komen NCTC has invested more than $14 million in community breast health programs in its 29-county service area and has helped contribute over $5 million to the more than $1 billion invested globally in research. For more information, call (919) 493-2873 or visit komennctc.org.

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CONTACT:
Krista Park Berry, executive director
Susan G. Komen NC Triangle to the Coast
kparkberry@komennctc.org | (919) 810-4511