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2015 Grants

The Komen Detroit Race for the Cure® is proud to fund programs that address a diverse set of issues related to breast cancer across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Each program aims to meet the unique needs of our community and seeks to save lives and end breast cancer forever. In 2015, were were able to make more than $918,000 in grants benefiting Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, and contribute more than $275,000 to breast cancer research.

Like all Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events worldwide, twenty-five percent of net proceeds are designated to Komen's national research and training grants program. Read more about Komen-funded research here. The remaining seventy-five percent remains in the local host community to fund local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs.

Abstracts of Funded Grants by the 24th Annual Komen Detroit Race for the Cure®

 Extend and Enhance: Providing BCCCP Services to More Women in Wayne County / $313,991
Robert Burack, MD, MPH, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute / Wayne State University

The Wayne County Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) assists uninsured and underinsured women in the tri-county region to have full access to breast cancer screening, follow-up and treatment. The program includes community outreach and breast cancer education, breast screening, follow-up and treatment at no out-of-pocket cost to uninsured women. This grant will also cover out-of-pocket costs for women with high-deductible health insurance and treatment for women diagnosed with breast cancer but ineligible for Medicaid.

Contact for the Wayne County BCCCP - (888) 242-2702


ACCESS Breast Cancer Outreach Project / $100,004
Hiam Hamade, RN, BSN, MPH - ACCESS Community Health Research Center

The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) will continue its breast cancer outreach while providing education and screening services for low-income Arab American women who reside in Southeastern Michigan. Through the program, women will receive comprehensive one-on-one health education through in-home visits and access to a free mammogram and clinical breast exam.

Contact for the ACCESS Breast Cancer Outreach Project - (313) 216-2200


Helping Hands - Breast Cancer Diagnostic and Limited Services Treatment to Low Income / Uninsured Patients at the Alexander J. Walt Breast Center / $333,880
Laura Zubeck, RN, BSN, MBA - Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

The Helping Hands grant covers diagnostics, co-pay, high deductibles and limited treatment for un-/underinsured women and men who are not eligible for other support. Karmanos staff evaluates all requests for financial assistance and provides educational materials, system navigation, follow-up guidance, and help with other needs, such as transportation, prescriptions, etc.

Contact for Helping Hands - (313) 576-8906


Achieving Racial Equity in Breast Cancer Access: Witness Project Detroit and VODI Partnership / $170,561
Hayley Thompson, Ph.D.- Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute / Wayne State University

To address racial disparities in breast cancer, the Witness Project of Detroit and Voices of Detroit Initiative (VODI) will form a partnership to increase awareness of breast cancer knowledge and screening, dispel breast cancer myths, increase timely and complete mammography screening through patient navigation and reduction of barriers to care and ensuring access to the full cancer continuum.

Contact for Witness Project of Detroit - (313) 576-8875