HOUSTON (April 30, 2013) – The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will honor its 2013-2014 grantees and Impact Award winners at the 2013 “Our City, Our Mission, For Life” Impact Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel near the Galleria.

Great Day Houston’s Deborah Duncan will emcee this year’s Impact Awards Luncheon and commend local volunteers, donors and community partners for the impact they are making in the fight again breast cancer. “Our City, Our Mission, For Life” is the driving force that empowers Komen Houston to continue to make an impact.

Komen Houston will award $2.9 million locally in 2013 to southeast Texas organizations who provide life-saving services to uninsured and low-income individuals for breast cancer research, screening, education and treatment in Chambers, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties. Last year, similar funding helped educate more than 91,052 people about breast cancer, 41,384 were helped through patient navigation, 5,287 received screening mammograms, 5,411 received diagnostic services and 6,638 received treatment assistance.

*Grants will be awarded to the following:
American Cancer Society (Harris; serves Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston and Montgomery)
Angleton Danbury Medical Center (Brazoria)
Asian American Health Coalition (Harris; serves Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston and Liberty)
Baylor College of Medicine (Harris)
Bayside Healthcare Foundation (Chambers; serves Harris and Liberty)
Boat People SOS, Inc. – Houston (Harris; serves Brazoria, Chambers and Fort Bend)
D'Feet Breast Cancer, Inc. (Galveston)
Good Neighbor Healthcare Center (Harris; serves Brazoria, Chambers and Fort Bend)
Harris County Hospital District Foundation (Harris)
Health Center of Southeast Texas (Liberty)
Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston, Inc. (Harris)
Light and Salt Association (Harris; serves Fort Bend)
Lone Star Community Health Center, Inc. (Montgomery)
Northeast Hospital Foundation (Harris; serves Liberty and Montgomery)
OakBend Medical Center (Fort Bend)
Reconstruction of a Survivor (Harris; serves Galveston and Fort Bend)
Shalom Health Ministry (Harris; serves Brazoria)
Sisters Network Inc. National Headquarters (Harris)
The Methodist Hospital Foundation (Harris; serves Chambers and Liberty)
The Methodist Hospital Foundation (Clinical Trials) (Harris; serves Chambers and Liberty)
The Rose (Harris; serves all counties)
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Galveston; serves all counties)

The Luncheon will conclude with the presentation of the 2013 Impact Awards given to individuals and organizations that have done exceptional work and provided unyielding support to Komen Houston. Impact Awards will be given to 12 recipients in categories including New Volunteer, Community Service Group, Corporate Partnership, Overall Outstanding Performance and the 2013 Kendra Kirsch Co-Survivor.

*The 2013 Impact Award Recipients:
New Volunteer: Rebecca Tallet (West Houston/Briar Forest)
Individual Volunteer: Joseph N. Chorley, M. D. (Braeswood)
Lifetime Volunteer: Bitsy Muse (West Houston/Briar Forest)
Community Service Group: Mission Regional Medical Center (Mission)
Outstanding Program: Northeast Hospital Foundation (Humble)
Outstanding Project Director: Mothaffar F. Rimawi, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine (Medical Center)
Individual Philanthropy: Lester and Sue Smith, The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation (Medical Center)
Ambassador Partnership: Houston Texans/The Houston Texans Foundation (Medical Center)
Corporate Partnership: Randalls/The Safeway Foundation (Westchase)
Legacy Partnership: Marathon Oil Corporation (Galleria)
Promise of One: Claudia Brown (Pearland)
Promise of One: Caitlin Murphy (Champions)

In addition, Komen Houston has opened nominations online for the Kendra Kirsch Co-Survivor Award to the general public. To nominate someone you know, please click here.

The luncheon also serves to inform the community on how funds raised by Affiliate events, like the Komen Houston Race for the Cure® October 5, 2013, are used and the impact they make on the community. Up to 75 percent of net funds raised by the Komen Houston Affiliate is awarded through community grants to the seven-county service area and 25 percent is donated to fund breast cancer research through Komen National.  Since its inception, the Komen Houston Affiliate Grants Program has granted more than $45 million for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment services.

WHO: Komen Houston Affiliate, Grant Recipients and Impact Awards Honorees
WHAT: The 2013 “OUR CITY, OUR MISSION, FOR LIFE” Impact Awards Luncheon
WHEN: Thursday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE:  The Royal Sonesta Hotel near the Galleria, 2222 W. Loop, Houston, TX, 77027

The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.  In 1982 that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, launching the global breast cancer movement and the largest group of volunteers and grassroots advocates to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all, and energize science to find the cures.

Established in 1990 by passionate volunteers to support the individuals in need throughout the Houston area, the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has granted over $45 million to local programs for breast cancer education and awareness campaigns, life saving screening and treatment programs, and innovative cutting edge research.  Serving Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties, Komen Houston continues its commitment to fundraising and grant making so that families battling breast cancer can get the treatment and support they need.   

If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities, get information about the Houston Race for the Cure® and other events, visit www.komen-houston.org or call 713-783-9188.