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Roanoke, VA – April 9, 2019 – The Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is proud to announce it has contributed $140,000 to National Breast Cancer Research and $220,865 to fund six innovative local breast health programs. In the Affiliate’s 42 city and county service area, many regions are rural with little access to affordable breast health services. “Where you live should not determine if you live when it comes to breast cancer,” said Catherine Warren, Executive Director of the Affiliate. The Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate is working diligently to guarantee that every woman in this area has access to breast health care and education.

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Coalition Team members pictured L-R at the Circle of Hope: Mandy Dugger, Suellyn Danter, Joyce Eggleston, Toni Noe and Mike Farley

Area agencies designated to receive Komen grants from the Virginia Blue Ride Affiliate include Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center, Roanoke, VA ($49,804); Community Access Network, Inc., Lynchburg, VA ($37,911); Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, Martinsville, VA ($28,600); Mount Rogers Health District, Marion, VA ($45,950); Mountain States Health Alliance – Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, VA ($18,600); and Piedmont Access to Health Services, Inc., Danville, VA ($40,000).

In addition to awarding their Community Grants and contributing to the Susan G. Komen Research Program, the Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate also announced a $25,000 investment to continue their local Treatment Assistance Program. The program offers financial assistance to those in southwest Virginia currently battling breast cancer that are either uninsured or underinsured and are struggling to meet the financial demands associated with treatment.

The total 2019-2020 mission investment made by the Affiliate is more than $385,000, and since 2008, the organization has contributed more than $3.9 million to local breast health services and breast cancer research.

Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge’s grantees – as well as the Affiliate’s continued work with fundraising, education, outreach, and community partnerships – will play a huge role in helping the national organization reach its Big Bold Goal of reducing the number of breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026. “Over 41,000 women in the United States will die of breast cancer in 2019. This is unacceptable, which is why we fund the programs that will have the most impact in reducing mortality, such as free screenings and patient navigation,” explains Elizabeth Zimmerman, Community Engagement Manager for the Affiliate.

With the support of our signature fundraiser, the Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Race for the Cure, the Affiliate can continue to provide medical care for these women and financially support community programs. This year’s race will be held on May 4th. Board President Elect, Tara Nepper, encourages the community to support the event. “Without the continued commitment of the community and our supporters, we couldn’t achieve our important mission work. The Race is really what makes our mission a reality.” This year’s race expects over 1,500 participants. Learn more about the race or sign up to participate at

About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Virginia Blue Ridge
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Race for the Cure®, Komen Virginia Blue Ridge has invested more than $2.9 million in community breast health programs in 42 cities and counties and has helped contribute to the more than $988 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 540-400-8222, visit, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on Ladies First, the Coalition’s mammography assistance program, visit here.

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