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Komen Maine Awards Six Community Breast Cancer Grants Totaling $200,000


Komen Maine, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® statewide Affiliate, announced that grants totaling $200,000 have been awarded to six Maine-based organizations committed to breast cancer research, screening, and treatment.

The grant recipients include: 

  • Breast Health Educational Outreach, as part of Fish River Rural Health in Aroostook County, offers comprehensive breast health education outreach program to patients and the community with a goal of serving more than 1,000 individuals.
  • CMMC Breast Oncology Patient Navigator, a program of Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, provides breast education and treatment to Androscoggin County.
  • Commit2Care, a collaborative program of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, focuses on screening and post-diagnosis support for under and uninsured women residing in 16 towns in Hancock County, and 5 towns and townships in the Washington County region.
  • Knowledge to Save Your Life, in coordination with MaineGeneral Medical Center, supports women in Maine with breast education and screening for Kennebec and Somerset Counties.
  • Ride to Wellness, is a unique program resulting from a partnership between Penquis Lynx Transportation and Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine to eliminate transportation as a barrier to more women seeking breast cancer treatment and diagnostic services in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties.
  • Support Service Fund, a product of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, provides financial assistance for unmet breast health and cancer needs to underserved, low-income, and under and uninsured women statewide.

“We’re so pleased to award these grants to organizations committed to providing breast health education, screening, and treatment here in Maine and helping women in Maine,” said Victoria Abbott, Komen Maine’s acting executive director. “It’s all about coming together to battle breast cancer together.”

Komen Maine’s purpose is to combat breast cancer through raising funds for breast health education, screening, treatment programs, and state and national research. Many of the funds are used for Maine women underinsured or uninsured. The money raised through two annual Race for the Cure events held in Portland and Bangor supports this important mission.

In addition to the $200,000 in grants, Komen Maine invested $114,000 in breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Grants Program this year. Since the Affiliate’s inception in 1997, the organization has invested over $3 million in education, screening, and treatment services to Maine’s residents, and over $840,000 in research dedicated to finding a cure.

Susan G. Komen’s signature events, Komen Race for the Cure, will be held in Maine in Portland on Sept. 14 and in Bangor on Sept. 21.  

Interested race participants and volunteers can sign up at www.komenmaine.org. To learn more about grantees, race details or make a donation, visit the website.


The Komen Race for the Cure® started in Dallas, Texas in 1983 with 800 participants. Today, the Komen Race for the Cure® series is the largest 5K series in the world. To date, the Komen Maine Affiliate has invested more than $3 million in the state of Maine to education, screening and treatment programs, as well as over $840,000 to breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® grants program. Nearly $500,000 has returned to Maine in the form of research grants through that program.   

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Promise: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.