JPS Foundation Receives Komen Grant to Fight Breast Cancer
As a part of its continuing efforts to end breast cancer, the Susan G. Komen Foundation recently donated $900,000 in grants to 10 local organizations, including JPS Foundation. This grant money allows us to continue helping women in the JPS Network receive the breast cancer treatment and screenings they need. JPS Foundation was chosen to receive the grant in part because it provides services to uninsured and underinsured individuals, helping save lives right here in our community. The grant was made possible through individual donations and fundraising efforts, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This annual event provides its largest source of income, and 75% of the money they raise stays right here in our local communities.
The Greater Fort Worth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure© has become an important collaborative partner for the JPS Health Promotions Department and our ever-growing breast health outreach education program across Tarrant County. The Susan G. Komen funding will support the Breast Friends Forever (BFF) program. The JPS breast health team will lead sessions about breast health, mammography screening services and cancer care resources focusing on breast health awareness in the community.
The goal of JPS Breast Friends Forever is to reduce premature deaths due to breast cancer in Tarrant County through culturally and ethnically sensitive education and outreach efforts. Using Komen funding this will be accomplished by providing 34 community health education classes throughout the grand award period. Our Breast Friends Forever team will provide language-specific (English, Spanish, Vietnamese) and culture-specific breast-health activities as needed.