Written by John Starkey
The Irving Healthcare Foundation was awarded a $200,000 grant by Dallas County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®. In partnership with Baylor Medical Center at Irving, Texas Oncology, the Women’s Imaging Center and the Surgical Group of North Texas, the program provides educational outreach, free mammograms and breast cancer treatment for low-income Irving residents with little or no insurance.
“We are so honored that as Susan G. Komen® Dallas County increases its funding to local providers of direct medical services, they chose to help cover the costs of breast cancer diagnosis and care for the women of Irving and surrounding communities in Dallas County,” said Irving Healthcare Foundation President John Drake. “While many worthy organizations have created awareness of breast health, few have done as much to make women aware of the importance of monthly self-examination and annual mammograms.”
“We are proud to support the life-saving work of the medical institutions served by Irving Healthcare Foundation, which help women fight breast cancer regardless of financial status,” said Jennifer Legere, executive director of Komen Dallas County. “At Komen Dallas County, 75 percent of net funds raised go to help Dallas County residents through grants like this one, with the rest funding national scientific research for the cures.”
The $200,000 grant includes funding for screening mammograms; diagnostic procedures such as ultrasounds and biopsies; and surgery, chemotherapy and radiation for women who receive a confirmed diagnosis of cancer. The funds are targeted to uninsured or underinsured women who have household incomes of 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less. “We’re trying to reach those women who otherwise might not be able to afford a screening or diagnostic mammogram because they have no insurance, or because their insurance deductibles are too high for such a test. We’re hoping to overcome the objections these women might have to seeking care,” Drake added.
Source: Irving Healthcare Foundation’