‘Think Pink’ receives Komen funding

Money provides breast health programming in Meigs

Staff Report

COLUMBUS — Think Pink was recently awarded $71,825 from the Susan G. Komen Columbus to provide early detection services including screening and diagnostic mammograms for medically underserved and financially eligible Meigs County women beginning at age 35.

Think Pink was one of 26 breast health programs to receive more than $1.5 million in funding from Komen Columbus.

“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,” Julie McMahon, director of missions at Komen Columbus, said. “While Komen continues to be a leading research funder around the globe, not everyone is experiencing high quality health care equally, especially in our service area. Ohio has higher breast cancer death rates than most of the U.S., and women are being diagnosed at late-stages in Ohio. In our community, we have identified issues contributing to those problems and increased our focus on using techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective. “

The $1.5 million was raised through the efforts of supporters participating in the many special events and fundraisers held annually, including the annual Komen Columbus Race for the Cure. The funds will help Think Pink combat breast cancer incidence and mortality. It will also help find solutions for disparities in breast cancer across populations and aid cutting-edge programs in finding a cure.

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.

Think Pink plans to use the Komen funds to offer Women’s Health Day events, breast health awareness education, access to mobile mammography, clinical breast exams, gasoline vouchers and networking to access needed follow-up.

About Susan G. Komen Columbus

Komen Columbus has raised more than $27 million since it began in 1993. Komen is the only breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts through community outreach, research, advocacy and global work. Locally, Komen Columbus collaborates with community partners to fund education to the many women still unaware of their risk for breast cancer, screening to many uninsured and underinsured struggling in our current economy, support to those diagnosed and undergoing treatment. Susan G. Komen has invested more than $10 million in breast cancer research in Ohio and invested $782 million in global research. Research dollars help scientists to understand the difference in breast cancer biology and discover new prevention and treatment approaches that will end breast cancer forever. For more information, visit www.komencolumbus.org or call the Komen Columbus office 614-297-8155 or Toll Free 1-866-611-2873.

Money provides breast health programming in Meigs

Staff Report