June 22, 2017
 
Komen New England Awards $150K, Raises $137K via Race

April 15, 2017 — Susan G. Komen New England, a Newton-based nonprofit, the Massachusetts affiliate of a national organization that raises funds for breast cancer research, recently announced that it awarded $150,000 to three nonprofits in the state, and raised $137,835 as of today through its annual Race for the Cure.

The funds, awarded through a competitive grants program, supports local nonprofits providing services to under- and un-insured families facing breast cancer.

“These grants will help us reach the bold goal recently announced by Susan G. Komen to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026,” said Lori van Dam, chief executive officer of Susan G. Komen New England. “Up to one-third of women who are currently dying could be saved without any new medical breakthroughs. The programs we fund help overcome barriers to screening and treatment so all our neighbors have the same opportunities to access the care they need.”

Each of the following was awarded $50,000: These were the first grants issued by Komen New England since it was announced earlier this year that the Southern New England and Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliates were merging and operating as Komen New England.

“We are deeply committed to providing funding for critical local breast cancer services,” said van Dam. “By coming together as a combined affiliate we are reducing administrative costs while increasing the impact we will have on local families facing breast cancer.”

2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Raises $137K

The 25th 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Massachusetts, held April 8, raised $137,835 as of today.

The annual event, which featured a 5K run/walk starting and ending at Carson Beach in South Boston, which is still raising funds, aims to collect $230,000.

Adults participating in the event paid a $35 registration fee, youth paid $15, with many engaging in additional fundraising, though that was not required.

Net proceeds raised through the Race for Cure fund a variety of programs, including screenings, diagnosis and treatment services and patient navigation. They also support national research priorities, including new early detection technologies and treatments for metastatic breast cancer.

Emcees for this year's Race for the Cure were Shannon Mulaire of NBC Boston, Cecy Gutierrez of Telemundo Boston, and Lisa Donovan of Kiss 108 Radio.

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