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Komen Corner: Amish and Mennonite Breast Health Project

2:49 PM, Sep 2, 2008   |    comments
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For example, this year the Komen for the Cure Northeast Ohio Affiliate will grant over $1.2 million to area breast cancer outreach, education and screening programs, including the Amish and Mennonite Breast Health Project, an innovative education and screening program targeted to some of the most conservative and resource-starved Amish and Mennonite settlements in Ohio.

A new grantee this year, the Amish and Mennonite Breast Health Project, through the Mennonite Christian Assembly Church in Geauga county, aims to prevent unnecessary breast cancer deaths of Amish and Mennonite women. Susan G.Komen for the Cure research findings helped identify that Amish women are dying at a much higher rate than non-Amish women in Ohio, likely due to lack of screening and awareness.

This year, Komen's $50,442 grant will enable 400 Amish and Mennonite women in Geauga, Trumbull and Wayne counties to receive needed screening through a trusted source – their local church.

Melissa Thomas, Executive Director of the program, was thrilled to receive the Komen grant.

"We are excited to get funding and to partner with Komen this year," she said. "The grant will allow us to continue our journey of providing screening to a population that needs it most. If our program did not continue, the women we're serving would have no means to get screened and that's why we're so passionate and committed."

Proving how meaningful and important each locally donated dollar received can be, Thomas continued, "It's a blessing and an honor to receive this grant money. We know the money given to us was given in the honor or memory of someone with breast cancer."

To learn more about Komen's many grantees, to donate or to learn how you can volunteer with Komen, please call 216.292.CURE or visit www.komenneohio.org

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