Komen Houston Grants over $3 Million to Local Organizations

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KOMEN HOUSTON GRANTS $3.04 MILLION TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND HONORS SUPPORTERS AT IMPACT AWARDS LUNCHEON


HOUSTON (May 1, 2012)- The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will honor it’s 2012-2013 grantees and announce this year’s Impact Award winners at the Impact Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at the Omni Houston Hotel at 11:00 a.m.

To keep true to its mission to find a cure and eradicate breast cancer, the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will allocate $3.04 million in grants for 2012-2013 to 21 organizations in the Affiliate’s seven county service area. The Impact Awards Luncheon was established to grant funds to recipients and honor members of the community who are making an impact in the fight to end breast cancer.

“Each year we look forward to the opportunity to share with others the tremendous impact Komen funds and volunteers make in the community,” said Adriana M. Higgins, Ed.D, Executive Director of the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. “Komen Houston’s grant program provides dollars to local organizations that put the funds to use by providing research, education, screening and treatment to the medically uninsured and underserved.  We are a leader in the fight against breast cancer in our seven county service area – providing the Best Science, the Boldest Community and making the Biggest Impact.” 

The following local organizations will receive a total of $3.04 million in grant funds:


•    American Cancer Society- $224,965
•    Asian American Health Coalition- $188,474
•    Baylor College Medicine- $80,000
•    Bayside Healthcare Foundation- $57,788
•    Boat People SOS, Inc.-$90,000
•    D'Feet Breast Cancer, Inc.- $275,548
•    Good Neighbor Health Care Center- $176,296
•    Harris County Hospital District Foundation- $160,000
•    Health Center of Southeast Texas- $80,000
•    Light and Salt Association- $26,000
•    Lone Star Community Health Center, Inc.- $87,840
•    Methodist Hospital Foundation- $105,000
•    Montrose Counseling Center- $10,500
•    Northeast Hospital Foundation- $199,999
•    Oak Bend Medical Center- $74,975
•    Reconstruction of a Survivor- $20,000
•    The Rose- $449,991
•    Shalom Health Ministry - $140,000
•    University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Banu Arun, MD- $39,501
•    University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Arlene Nazario, MD- $112,500
•    University of Texas Medical Branch- $450,000

The Impact Awards Luncheon will conclude with the presentation of the 2012 Impact Awards, given to individuals and organizations that have done exceptional work and provided unyielding support to the Komen Houston Affiliate. Khambrel Marshall from KPRC, Channel 2 will emcee the event and recognize the following 2012 Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Impact Award Honorees:


•    New Volunteer: Laurie Sapp, Montgomery County
•    Individual Volunteer: Kelly Stoker
•    Lifetime Volunteer: Beth Zdeblick
•    Community Service Group: Pasadena Independent School District
•    Ambassadorship: Houston Astros in Action Foundation
•    Corporate Partnership: Sysco Corporation
•    Legacy Partnership: Cafe Express
•    Individual Philanthropy: Eileen Campbell and Doug Perley,  Memorial
•    Outstanding Program: Lonestar Clinic
•    Outstanding Program: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Dr. Arlene Nazario, MD
•    Outstanding Project Director: Nellie Lunsford, Bayside Healthcare Foundation
•    2012 Kendra Kirsch Co-Survivor Award: Randy Hulet
•    2012 Promise of One Award: Marjorie S. Landry, Kingwood
•    2012 Promise of One Award: Bob Mease

About 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 forever. In 1982 that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, launching the global breast cancer movement to save lives, empower people, ensure quality for all and energize science to find the cure. 

The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® was established in 1990 to provide innovative breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects for the medically under-served and uninsured in Southeast Texas. In the Affiliate’s 22 year history, it has granted over $9 million for research nationally and over $28 million for community grants in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties. The Affiliate’s granting process ensures the impartial allocation of funds to qualified 501c3 organizations helping countless breast cancer survivors and their families get the treatment and support they need.

Komen Houston continues its commitment as a fundraising and grant-making organization and as a leader in the fight against breast cancer in its seven county service area – providing the Best Science, the Boldest Community and making the Biggest Impact.  Today, the Affiliate has more than 1,500 volunteers committed to its promise.  More information about the 2012 Komen Houston Race for the Cure® and other Affiliate events, ways you can help, volunteer opportunities, and the Young Professional Council are available at www.komen-houston.org, or by calling (713) 783-9188.

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