SECU Foundation Provides Challenge Grant for Regional Breast Cancer Study in North Carolina

Komen NC Triangle to the Coast and Komen Charlotte Affiliates Receive Challenge Grant from SECU Foundation for Regional Breast Cancer Study in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 11, 2019 — Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast, in partnership with Susan G. Komen® Charlotte, has been awarded a $150,000 challenge grant in support of the From Action to Impact project by member-funded SECU Foundation. From Action to Impact: Improving Breast Cancer Care in NC Through Navigation and Collaborative Partnerships is a two-year initiative, with Komen NC Triangle to the Coast and Komen NC Charlotte joining forces to collect data in support of a new community-based model for breast cancer care.

To reduce breast cancer mortality throughout the state, the Komen Affiliates aim to address disparities and health inequities in underserved communities, reduce barriers to care, increase access to quality and timely care, and improve outcomes through breast health resource navigation. Two regions of the state were selected as pilot sites – the southwest sector centered in Charlotte and the northwest sector centered in Rocky Mount.

“Geography should not determine if you live or die when facing a breast cancer diagnosis. This partnership will help us determine the interventions that will make the most impact in supporting the patient journey and strengthening the continuum of care in our local communities,” said Pam Kohl, Executive Director at Komen NC Triangle to the Coast.

Representatives from State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) joined SECU Foundation Board Chair Bob Brinson and Executive Director Jama Campbell for the ceremonial check presentation to Komen officials during their Understanding Stage IV: Metastatic Breast Cancer event in Tarboro, NC, on Thursday, November 7, 2019. (L to R: Jama Campbell, Executive Director at SECU Foundation; Bob Brinson, Board Chair at SECU Foundation; Valencia Davis, Board President at Komen NCTC; Pam Kohl, Executive Director at Komen NCTC.)

With help from numerous community partners including NC Area Health Education Centers and the University of North Carolina, the Komen Affiliate cancer study is the next step in supporting the national organization’s ultimate “bold goal” of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.

“We are pleased to extend our support for Komen NC’s cancer study – the outcome will be extremely important in providing better care, education and support, and more diverse treatment plans for women across the state affected by breast cancer,” said Bob Brinson, SECU Foundation Board Chair.  “SECU members’ support for this project illustrates their commitment to the health of the people and communities of our state.  We hope that the Foundation’s challenge grant will encourage others to make this worthy cause a reality, as we work together for Komen’s vision of a world without breast cancer.”

Results of the initiative will provide the Komen Affiliates with the framework to develop and implement a model of care adaptable to address demographic and geographic differences across the state and move forward with statewide implementation of care models and best practices identified from the regional study.

“We must do everything we can to save lives. By building a diverse coalition of community, academic, and business partners with a common goal we can ensure the best breast health care reaches every woman in North Carolina,” added Kohl.

The SECU Foundation has invested $150,000 to the project and has challenged the Komen Affiliates to raise an additional $100,000 to support the project. For more information about this project or the work of Susan G. Komen® across North Carolina, please visit or call (919) 492-2873.

Download From Action to Impact Project Summary.


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.

To better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community, Komen NC Triangle to the Coast 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 $988 million invested globally in researchFor more information, call (919) 493-2873 or visit

About SECU and the SECU Foundation
A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the state of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 82 years. The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services.  Since 2004, SECU Foundation has made a collective financial commitment of more than $169 million for initiatives to benefit North Carolinians statewide.


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