Grant given to help Summit County fight breast cancer |

Grant given to help Summit County fight breast cancer

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news

BRECKENRIDGE – Summit County has more resources to fight breast cancer, thanks to a grant.The Denver Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation recently gave Summit County Public Health $38,971 as part of a $2 million distribution to affiliate area nonprofits.A portion of the money – $17,000 – will provide mammograms for 125 underserved and uninsured individuals, said Karen Seater, Summit County Public Health grant coordinator.Summit County became eligible to receive grants from the Komen foundation last year when the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation expanded its service area to include Summit County. Last year, the affiliate awarded $42,760 to Summit County Family Planning to provide services to 200 under- or uninsured women in Park and Summit counties.”The (Summit County) community at large has really supported us, so we think it’s very important to support the community back,” said Dana Brandorff, Denver affiliate spokesperson.The Summit Komen Project uses grant money to offer health care services to 125 low-income women, 40 to 50 years of age, who do not have insurance coverage for mammograms. Women who qualify also may receive breast health education and clinical breast exams.Summit Medical Center and Sonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center will provide the services funded by the grant. Summit Medical Center has historically provided mammograms at a significantly reduced rate for low-income, Summit County Public Health patients, and Sonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center in Edwards provides diagnostic services for the program at reduced rates as well. The donation of services by these two facilities is critical to the success of the project, said Molly Lee, Family Planning Program coordinator.The American Cancer Society recommends screening mammograms every one to two years for women 40 through 49 years of age, and yearly mammograms for women age 50 and older. Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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