Press Release – April 1, 2014

Komen Southeast Wisconsin Grants $786,020 to Eight Community Programs

For Immediate Release
April 1, 2014

For More Information, Contact:
Nikki Panico (414) 389-4881

Komen Southeast Wisconsin Grants $786,020 to Eight Community Programs for Breast Cancer Screening, Education and Access to Treatment

Since 1999, The Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate has raised more than $8.3 million to support local breast health programs and global research.

(MILWAUKEE, WI) – Komen Southeast Wisconsin announced today it will grant $786,020 to fund eight community programs that will provide hundreds of women and men with life-saving breast health screening, education and access to treatment throughout the next year.

“The need is great in our community and we are happy to partner with eight programs in our 7- county area to help provide vital breast health services to women and men in need,” said Nikki Panico, executive director of Komen Southeast Wisconsin. “It’s exciting to see the potential impact that these grantees will have in delivering life-saving breast health services to the uninsured and underinsured in our area.”

Early detection is the key to reducing breast cancer mortality in Wisconsin.  When treated early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.  Mammography is key to early detection and since 2012, Komen Southeast Wisconsin funded programs have provided over 4,200 mammograms to local residents.

“Southeast Wisconsin Komen Community Grants help provide a safety-net for women in our service area, allowing the funded organizations to deliver breast health services to women who would not be able to afford them,” said Robin Luther, Mission Manager at Komen Southeast Wisconsin. “Our grantees work right in our communities providing education, screening and diagnostic services, as well as access to treatment. We are so proud to be a resource for local impact in the fight against breast cancer.”

The Komen Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate raises funds through events like the annual Race for the Cure©, scheduled for Sunday, September 21nd in downtown Milwaukee. Register for the race at

The priority of the 2014-15 Southeast Wisconsin Community Grant funding is to decrease breast cancer mortality by increasing early detection of breast cancer.  Grantee programs provide outreach and education leading to screening mammograms and diagnostic breast care for women who do not receive regular breast health services, as well as financial assistance to overcome barriers to care.  All programs are designed to be culturally competent and financially accessible to everyone.

For details about Komen’s grant recipients, visit or call 414-389-4882.  Or, contact a Komen Grantee directly to find out more about participating in their SEWI Komen sponsored program.  The following programs have been selected for Komen Southeast Wisconsin funding by an independent grant panel through a competitive application and an independent review process.

2014-2015 Komen Southeast Wisconsin Grant Recipients:

Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation
Mobile Mammography Outreach Project
Contact: Claudia Guevara

Medical College of Wisconsin
Screening Mammograms for Milwaukee Asian Women
Dr. Sailaja Kamaraju
(414) 805-4600

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Partners in the Pursuit of the Promise
Dr. Sandra Millon Underwood
(414) 229-6076

Waukesha Memorial Hospital
Breast Health Care Education and Screening
Contact: Lori Cronin

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, All Saints Foundation
Greater Racine County Mammogram Coalition
Contact: Sarah Clemons

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, St. Francis Foundation
Su Salud/Your Health
Contact: Fabiola De Chico

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, St. Joseph Foundation
African American Breast Health Initiative
Contact: Janine Tucker

Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, Inc.
Kohl’s Southeast Wisconsin Breast Health Assistance Fund
Contact: Janet Johnson
877-910-7465 (bilingual hotline)

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