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Komen donations work in Omaha, Lincoln

We’re in our last week of our promotion to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Throughout the month, AmeriSpec will donate $25.00 from each inspection we do to Susan G. Komen Nebraska. Those funds will be used for research for treatments and cures, to provide low-cost or free screening mammograms, diagnostic testing and breast cancer treatment to uninsured or underinsured Nebraska residents, and provide support services before, during and after breast cancer treatment.

“Up to 75% of the net proceeds raised by the Nebraska Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure stays right here in Nebraska,” according to Komen Nebraska. “These funds are used to support innovative breast health projects focusing on education, screening, and/or treatment across our 91-county service area.  The remaining 25% of the net proceeds goes to Komen’s national research program, and funds some of the most innovative breast cancer research projects in the world.”

Donations allowed Komen Nebraska to fund nine grant applications for the 2015-2016 year. Projects in Omaha include:

University of Nebraska Medical Center: Community-Based Breast Health Navigation Services – $50,146

Trained lay navigators accompany a breast cancer patient in person through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The goal for this 4-year-old program is to widen referrals to include all women in the Omaha metro area.

Charles Drew Health Center: Breast Cancer Screening Initiative – $82,814

Through a new Breast Cancer Case Manager and targeted outreach to existing patients, CDHC’s goal is to increase the breast cancer screening rate from 75% to 85%. CDHC will provide vouchers for screenings for 200 women and hire a part-time driver to provide transportation to/from appointments thereby reducing barriers to care.

OneWorld Community Health Centers: Screening and Treatment – $75,300

The program provides clinical breast exams and breast cancer treatment for low-income women with a special focus on Hispanic women. OneWorld will provide 1,406 clinical breast exams and 200 mammograms.

OneWorld Community Health Centers: Patient Navigation and Education Outreach – $24, 686

The program will assist over 200 OneWorld patients in accessing the resources and services available for breast cancer screenings in the Clinic, as well as referral and follow-up services and treatment to the community at large, with a special focus on Hispanic women.

YMCA of Greater Omaha: LIVESTRONG at the YMCA – $17,454

Goals are to empower breast cancer survivors to improve functional capacity and increase quality of life through 12-week, small group physical activity programs led by LIVESTRONG instructors.

Statewide projects include:

A Time To Heal: A Time To Heal Update – $32,714

A Time to Heal has offered a 12-week holistic survivorship program since 2005. This grant will allow for updating instructor manuals with most current research available; reprinting instructor manuals and trainer’s guides; and retraining 65 current facilitators across the state.

Legal Aid of Nebraska: Breast Cancer Legal Hotline – $85,000

Statewide hotline provides free civil legal services to breast cancer patients and survivors, regardless of income. Legal Aid of Nebraska helps them with legal issues that are barriers to care and affect their ability to focus on treatment and wellness.

Visiting Nurse Association: Breast Cancer Assistance Program – $100,000

The Breast Cancer Assistance Program seeks to ease the financial hardships involved in a breast cancer diagnosis by alleviating immediate financial needs, providing emotional support, and connecting patients with community resources.

Click here to see the full list of funded projects.

Help us make next year an even better one for Komen Nebraska. Schedule your home inspection today! Call our Omaha office at 402-393-3696, or Lincoln at 402-483-2010.

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