Komen Austin, the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has announced the recipients of $1 million worth of breast cancer grants for 2013-2014, with $713,000 apportioned to local organizations and $333,000 to global research.
Among the local recipients are Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop counties. Other recipients are non-profit organizations such as The Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, The University of Texas at Austin Family Wellness Center, Community Action Inc. of Central Texas, Samaritan Health Ministries, and Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving, Sharing.
This year, for the first time, Komen failed at granting all requests, but assures an improvement in the number of applicants in the future. Christy Casey-Moore, executive director of Komen Austin, is quoted in a recent press release:
“This year, we are fortunate to have community partners that provide the most necessary breast health care services for so many, but we won’t be satisfied until every qualified grant application can be funded — because that is how we save lives. Turning grants down means there is potential for women to go without needed care, ultimately putting their lives at risk. Our team is working to ensure funds are raised throughout this year and every year through events like our Perfectly Pink Party in the spring, the annual Race for the Cure in the fall.”