According to a recent press release, Susan G. Komen awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to help tens of thousands of people with limited financial resources and no insurance pay for treatment, medical supplies, housing, and psychological care. The organization explains that the grants ensure that people with breast cancer don’t have to make unbearable decisions, such as choosing between paying for treatment and covering their rent.
Grants are presented annually to organizations that facilitate the treatment payment process and accessibility to care; this year’s recipients include the Patient Advocate Foundation, CancerCare, and Breastcancertrials.org. Another $200,000 will be used to fund patient-focused conferences hosted by groups in the breast cancer community.
Since its creation in 1982, Susan G. Komen, along with its partners, has granted more than $1.8 billion to initiatives that help patients cope with breast cancer.