Susan G. Komen Florida Announces New Treatment Assistance For Breast Cancer Patients

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Susan G. Komen Florida recently contributed $60,000 to help support local women dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.

As part of the organization’s Bold Goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen Florida donated $60,000 to Komen’s National Treatment Assistance Program, with funds earmarked to provide direct financial assistance for Florida patients dealing with the crippling costs associated with breast cancer treatment.

“Our mission remains to save lives by meeting the needs of those facing a breast cancer diagnosis,” shared Kate Watt, Komen Florida Executive Director. “We know there are many barriers that prevent breast cancer patients from accessing the life-saving treatment and care they require. No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and getting the treatment she needs to save her life. By earmarking even more of our funds, we are able to help eliminate some of these barriers to assist our neighbors in need. We are confident this will save lives right here in the communities we serve across the state of Florida.”

To be eligible, patients must have incomes at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty line and an active breast cancer diagnosis. The program covers limited costs associated with breast cancer treatment such as oral pain medication, anti-nausea medication, oral chemotherapy/hormone therapy, child care/elder care, home care, transportation, lymphedema care and supplies, and durable medical equipment.

“As we dedicate even more of our resources to directly support those undergoing treatment, we are also working in other ways to support our communities,” Watt said.” I am proud to share that we are also growing our reach to help communities most in need, and providing more local funding for mammograms, diagnostic services and education.”