The Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently announced they would be awarding Southern Ohio Medical Center $81,757 to support the hospital’s Hands of Hope Program.
“We are extremely grateful to have the continued support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” SOMC Director of Cancer Services Wendi Waugh said. “This is the largest amount they’ve given us to date, and it will ensure that local women without insurance or underinsured women can still receive their annual mammograms without the fear of medical bills.”
Hands of Hope is a grant-funded program at SOMC that provides free services such as mammograms and clinical breast exams. The program also seeks to educate women 40 years and older about the importance of early breast cancer detection, while supplying those already diagnosed with guidance and support.
“We recently learned through a community survey that even though there has been a tremendous effort in the area to educate women on the importance of annual mammograms our screening rate is still lower than other areas in Ohio and the nation. Early detection is key to improving survival rates. Through the Hands of Hope program, we are helping promote early detection by providing resources and removing financial obstacles wherever we can,” Waugh said.
When treated early, the five-year breast cancer survival rate is 98 percent.
“The financial support from our organization serves as a safety-net for women in our service area, allowing the funded organizations to deliver services to women who would not be able to afford them,” Julie McMahon, director of mission at Komen Columbus, said.