Local Charities Benefit From Komen Foundation

The fourth annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race For The Cure benefits four organizations, each serving local cancer survivors.

The new Cancer Foundation For Life tries to improve the quality of life for patients by helping to pay for a nurse facilitator. Dr. Gary Kimmel says emotionally, it's very important to

"It changes one," Dr. Kimmel says, "From the concept of dying with cancer to living with cancer and making the most out of each and every day and each and every moment."

A recurring grant goes to the Smith County Public Health District, who pays for mammograms for women who make up to 200 percent of the poverty level.

DIrector Nick Sciarrini explains, "The average working family in Smith County would fit into this category. If they don't have health insurance, there's no reason at all why the women shouldn't get proper breast health services."

The Trinity Mother Francis Foundation will use their grant to provide non-treatment medications for cancer survivors, such as wigs, prosthesis, and lymphadema sleeves. They also spend part of the grant to educate women.

PATH, People Attempting To Help, uses their grant to provide cancer patients with the vital drug Tamoxifen.

"It literally is providing a woman with five years of cancer free living," Executive Director Gail McGlothin says. "The problem is, it's very expensive, it's over a hundred dollars a month."

So Friday, four organizations benefited, but they benefit one common goal.

Reid Kerr, reporting.