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Genesis Breast Health Initiative Receives Funding

Genesis Breast Health Initiative Receives Funding

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Press Release

The Genesis Breast Health Initiative was recently awarded $35,790 from the Susan G. Komen Columbus® to provide screening mammograms, medically necessary diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies. The screenings will help an estimated 220 women in Muskingum, Morgan, Perry and contiguous counties. “The funding is an opportunity for us to provide life-saving screenings for women in our area who are uninsured or underinsured,” said Sharon Parker, director, Genesis Cancer Services.

 “We have been honored to partner with Susan G. Komen Columbus in providing breast screening services to women in our communities,” Parker said. “We began receiving funding in 2006, enabling Genesis Health Initiative to provide more than 1,800 free services as well as a travel stipend to the women.”

 Komen Columbus is the only breast cancer organization in central and southeastern Ohio committed to funding life-saving programs that offer free or low cost services for every step of the breast cancer journey. “This is a collaborative effort on our part and our community partnerships to not only address the lack of services in our area but to also assess the impact we are making,” said Julie McMahon, director of missions at Komen Columbus. “Ohio has higher breast cancer death rates than most of the U.S., and women are being diagnosed at late-stages in Ohio.”

 If you’d like more information on the Breast Health Initiative, contact Martha Riggs at (740) 455-7648.