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Komen Tyler affiliate accepting grant applications

The Tyler affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is now accepting grant applications.  For 2007, $250,000 is available for innovative projects targeting services not otherwise available to medically underserved populations of Smith County.  Priority will be given to proposals that address the need for services among indigent, low income and/or minority patients.

Part of the grant money will be for a third party nonprofit to handle reimbursement for screening and diagnostic procedures for all service providers. 

Grant funding is made possible through the proceeds from the 2006 Komen Tyler Race for the CureĀ®.  The mission of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment. Affiliates of Komen represent one of the nation's largest private funding sources for breast health and breast cancer screening, education, and treatment support programs.

In 2006, the Komen Tyler affiliate funded over $220,000 to local community projects including a program encouraging Hispanic women to get a mammogram, a project to provide rehabilitation projects such as prosthesis, lymphodema sleeves, and wigs to breast cancer survivors and to show the proper way to conduct self-breast exams and a project to pay for breast diagnostic services for women who can't afford them.

Applications for breast cancer and breast health programs from nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and educational institutions in Smith County are eligible for funding.

The application deadline for the grants is February 28, 2007.

Please contact Clay Thompson for more information at (903) 589-8733 or email mcthompson@bankfranklin.com

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